Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rabid Raccoon Attack Near Kennedy Space Center

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida -- The Brevard County Health Department received confirmation of a raccoon positive for rabies located at North State Road 3 near Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida.   

Health officials say that treatment was started for the person who was bitten by the raccoon. 

Last Spring, Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt Island was closed in the wake of reports of agressive raccoon attacks on park-goers.

Rabies is fatal in humans if not prevented in time.The Brevard County Health Department advises everyone in the area who has been exposed to any stray animals or even if their own pet has been exposed, to call Animal Services and Enforcement at (321) 633-2024. 

For medical recommendations and questions regarding rabies call Brevard County Health Department, at (321) 454-7111. 

Dr. Heidar Heshmati, Director of the Brevard County Health Department,  is appealing to the general public to cooperate in the implementation and effectiveness of this warning by: · 

Reporting any strange behavior of all animals observed.

Avoiding direct contact with wild animals, such as raccoons, bats, etc.

Having all cats and dogs immunized against rabies.

Immediately reporting any animals running at large.

Prompt and complete reporting of all animal bites sustained by any individual.

IMAGE CREDIT: Florida Fish and Wildlife File Photo


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