Just over a day after a rabies alert was lifted in Kendall, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade once again issued an alert for the area after it was confirmed a seventh raccoon tested positive for rabies. The rabies alert issued Wednesday will last for 60 days, until Jan. 19, and includes the area from Southwest 152nd Street to the north, Southwest 187th Street to the south, Southwest 117th Avenue to the east and Southwest 137th Avenue to the west. The Department of Health also received confirmation of an otter that tested positive for rabies, bit a human and later died. It's the ninth confirmed rabid animal and the first rabid otter identified in Miami-Dade for 2018. David McDonald, 89, says he was taking trash to his garbage can Tuesday night when he was bitten by the otter. Just over a day after a rabies alert was lifted in Kendall, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade once again issued an alert for the area after it was confirmed a seventh raccoon that … [Read more...] about Rabies Alert Issued Again for Kendall After 7th Raccoon Tests Positive
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RABIES is a rare but serious infection of the brain and nerves, and is often caught from a bite or scratch by an infected animal. Here’s the lowdown on this deadly illness. What is rabies? Rabies is a serious infection of the brain and nervous system. It is caught when a human is bitten or scratched by an infected animal – often a dog. The infection is rife worldwide, predominantly found in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. In the UK, it is not found anywhere except in a small number of wild bats. Once symptoms develop, the illness is almost always fatal. However, treatment before symptoms develop can be effective. There are vaccines available for those who are considered at risk of contracting it. How do you catch rabies? All mammals (including monkeys) can carry rabies, but it's most common in: dogs bats raccoons foxes jackals cats mongooses They can spread the infection if they bite or scratch you. In rare cases, you can also catch it an infected animal … [Read more...] about What are the first symptoms of rabies in humans? Can you be vaccinated, how is it caught and what is the treatment?
A rabies alert for one section of Southwest Miami-Dade County has been extended after a second raccoon tested positive for the disease. The Florida Department of Health received confirmation of the finding on Wednesday, extending the previous alert another 60 days for the section of West Kendall from SW 152nd Street to 187th Street north and south as well as 117th Avenue to 137th Avenue to the east and west. Officials announced the first alert on May 18th after a raccoon was found in the area, but did not release the exact location where the second animal was found. Rabies is a nervous system disease and can be fatal in humans and warm blooded animals – with the only treatment for human exposure being a specific immunization. North Miami Couple Arrested in $280K Home Depot Fraud Scheme DOH officials advise all residents to keep their pets’ vaccinations up to date and keep them under supervision while outside and to avoid wild animals, including raccoons, bats, … [Read more...] about Rabies Alert Extended for SW Miami-Dade Neighborhood After Second Raccoon Found With Disease
The word is enough to strike fear in the heart of any animal lover. Rabies, though rare, leads to a horrible death if left untreated. The incidence of rabies has dramatically dropped in the United States over the past 100 years, but the threat still exists here at home as well as for those who travel abroad. In fact, earlier this year, a 6-year-old Florida boy died from rabies after being scratched by infected bat. The boy's father washed the wound thoroughly but didn't take the boy to the hospital because he cried when he was told he would get shots, according to reports. The child developed symptoms a week later and soon died. In March, a coyote that tested positive for rabies bit 8 people in suburban Westchester, New York, before being shot and killed by police. Everyone who had been exposed in this case received preventive treatment and there were no fatalities. Several state health departments warn that summer is peak season for rabies, as warm weather and outdoor … [Read more...] about Summer is peak rabies season. Here’s what you need to know
SEAR/PR/1688 Kathmandu, 3 May 2018: The World Health Organization today called upon Member States and partners to accelerate efforts to end rabies which causes 59 000 agonizing and painful deaths globally every year, one person every nine minute, mostly children and the poor. Eight of the 11 Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region account for nearly 26 000 rabies deaths, 45% of the global rabies toll, as over 1.5 million people in the Region remain at risk of rabies. “Human rabies is caused mostly by dogs and can be eliminated by increasing awareness about the disease, vaccinating dogs and most importantly by making the already available life-saving rabies vaccines, medicines, tools and technologies affordable and available to all. We can, and must break the disease cycle and save lives,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia, told the global meeting ‘Driving progress towards rabies elimination’ here. At the meeting, the … [Read more...] about Fast-track efforts to eliminate rabies: WHO