Rabies Alert Issued for Parts of Volusia County After Cat Tests Positive – Central Florida News

A rabies warning was issued for Volusia County after a cat in the area tested positive for the virus.

The warning from the Ministry of Health of Volusia applies to the Briarwood Mobile Estates, which span parts of Port Orange, Allendale and Harbor Oaks.

According to health officials, pet owners should check that their pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date and avoid contact with wildlife such as bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes.

Anyone bitten or scratched by an animal showing signs of rabies, including difficulty swallowing and excessive drooling or biting, should clean the wound and seek medical attention immediately.

The CDC says rabies is a fatal but preventable disease in humans if caught early with a rabies vaccination.