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Rabies season is not over yet in Florida despite waning summer months

Wildlife Rabies Vaccine
Toby Talbot
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AP (file)
A tranquillized raccoon has its ear tagged by U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife specialist Robert Acabbo in Grand Isle, Vt., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007.

The Florida Department of Health in Lake County says a dog was exposed to a bat that was sick with rabies, triggering the warning in the area.

The peak of rabies season is winding down, but the Florida Department of Health is urging residents to remain alert as cases continue to pop up.

Weeks ago, a rabies alert was issued in Volusia County, and now an alert has been issued for Lake County, a reminder that rabies can occur outside the summer months.

The Florida Department of Health in Lake County says a dog was exposed to a bat that was sick with rabies, triggering the warning in the area.

Floridians should avoid contact with wild or stray animals, especially bats, raccoons, foxes and unvaccinated cats that may carry the rabies virus.

Animals that are acting aggressively, having trouble swallowing or walking, or are drooling excessively should be reported to animal enforcement officials.

Anyone who is scratched or bitten by a wild or stray animal should report it to animal enforcement officials and local health department, and seek immediate medical attention.

Rabies is usually deadly unless treated before symptoms arise.

Learn more about rabies here.