Kendall

Is the Kendall area finally rabies free? Health officials seem to think so.

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

After nearly two months, a rabies alert for the Kendall area — including Zoo Miami — has been lifted.

The Florida Department of Health said Monday that no other animals have tested positive for rabies since Sept. 17, when the sixth raccoon tested positive.

“There has not been another positive laboratory result for rabies within 60 days,” the department said in a news release. “This is an appropriate timeframe to lift the health advisory.”

The advisory was for the area bounded by Southwest 152nd Street on the north, 187th Street on the south, 117th Avenue on the east and 137th Avenue to the west.

There have been several extensions on the alert since July because more rabid animals were found.

An alert is still in effect for North Miami Beach, after two cats were found with rabies.

While the alert for the Kendall area has been lifted, the health department warns that “there is a risk of rabies transmission year-round.”

Safety tips

Here are some tips to keep your animals safe against rabies, according to the health department:

Keep rabies vaccinations current for all pets.

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

Do not allow animals to roam free.

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.

For more information of rabies, visit www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/rabies/index.html or call DOH-Miami-Dade at 305-470-5660.

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