Rabies warning issued in Brevard County

Person bitten by rabid raccoon, health officials say

Published On: Feb 27 2013 01:10:26 PM EST
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MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. -

Brevard County health officials are urging residents to take caution after a person was bitten by a raccoon, later proven to have rabies.

The Brevard County Health Department received confirmation of the raccoon testing positive Tuesday. That animal was located near North State Road 3, in Merritt Island.

Treatment was started for the person who was bitten by the animal.

Because rabies can be fatal in humans if not prevented or treated in time, officials are asking residents to be particularly careful by taking the following precautions:

-Report any strange behavior you see of animals

-Avoid direct contact with wild animals like raccoons, bats, etc.

-Have all cats and dogs immunized against rabies

-Keep all animals leashed when out and about

-Immediately report animals running at large

-Immediately report all animal bites received

If you come across any animals you suspect of rabies, stay back and contact the Brevard County Health Department at (321) 454-7111 or Animal Services and Enforcement at (321) 633-2024.