Kendall

Did your pet get a rabies shot? For those in one Miami-Dade area, the answer should be yes

A sixth rabid raccoon was identified in the Kendall area, leading the Department of Health to extend the rabies alert until Nov. 16, 2018. The alert has now been lifted.
A sixth rabid raccoon was identified in the Kendall area, leading the Department of Health to extend the rabies alert until Nov. 16, 2018. The alert has now been lifted. Miami Herald File

A raccoon found dead in the Kendall area tested posted for rabies, making it the sixth rabid animal identified in Miami-Dade this year, the Florida Department of Health said Monday.

Despite no human exposure, the discovery sparked a 60-day extension of the rabies alert, which means the alert will last through Nov. 16.

During 2018 there have been at least five other rabid raccoons found. Earlier this month, two raccoons were found with neurological symptoms but with no known human exposure.

The area in question is bounded by Southwest 152nd Street on the north, 187th Street on the south, 117th Avenue on the east and 137th Avenue to the west.

Rabies attacks the nervous system and can be fatal for warm-blooded animals and humans.

“An animal with rabies could affect other wild or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies,” the department said in a statement. “All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all wildlife contact should be avoided, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes.”

Here are some tips to keep your animals safe against rabies:

Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.

Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.

Stay away from stray and feral animals.

Anyone bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County at 305-324-2400.

If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, take it to the veterinarian immediately and call Miami-Dade Animal Services at 3-1-1.

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