Cat checks constructive for rabies in Titusville

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TITUSVILLE, Fla. A rabies warning remains in place for the next two months after a cat tests positive for the deadly virus in Titusville on Monday, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The warning is active for the next 60 days in the following areas:

Residents should be aware that rabies is active in the local wildlife population and take precautions.

Health officials provided the following pieces of advice to help keep people and pets safe:

  • All pets should have current rabies vaccinations.

  • Secure outdoor waste in covered bins to avoid attracting wild animals.

  • Don’t leave pet food outside. This also attracts other animals.

  • Avoid contact with all wildlife, especially wild cats, raccoons, bats and foxes.

  • If you are bitten or scratched by a suspected rabid animal, immediately wash the wound with soap and water, see a doctor, and immediately report the incident to your county animal welfare department.

Rabies is preventable if treatment is given on time.

For more information on rabies, visit the Ministry of Health website or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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