DOH-Volusia Issues Rabies Alert
November 01, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 1, 2023
DOH-Volusia Issues Rabies Alert
Deltona, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) is issuing a rabies alert for a specific region of Deltona. This is in response to a kitten that tested positive for rabies on Oct. 31, 2023.
All residents and visitors in Volusia County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Volusia County. Alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public, but they should not get a false sense of security to areas that have not been named as under an alert.
The recent rabies alert is for 60 days. The epicenter of the rabies alert is close to the intersection of Fort Smith and India Boulevards and is within the following boundaries:
- Eastern boundary, Prescott Boulevard, Deltona
- Northern boundary, Newmark Drive, Deltona
- Southern boundary, Doyle Road, Deltona
- Western boundary, Saxon Boulevard, Deltona
An animal with rabies could infect other wild or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all wildlife contact should be avoided, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes. Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans. The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Appropriate treatment started soon after the exposure, will protect an exposed person from the disease.
Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:
- Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.
- Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not encounter wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and your animal services division by calling Volusia County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at (386) 248-1777.
- Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood.
- Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
- Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
- Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
- Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas, where they might encounter people and pets.
- Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County at (386) 274-0634.
For further information on rabies, go to http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/rabies/index.html.
About the Florida Department of Health
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