Raccoon near Umatilla tests positive for rabies

UMATILLA, Florida. – Marion County health officials say a raccoon in the Umatilla area recently tested positive for rabies.

The Marion County Department of Health issued a health warning to alert residents about the raccoon. According to the warning, those living south of Southeast 153rd Place, west of Southeast 265th Avenue, north of Southeast 173rd Lane, and east of Southeast Highway 450 should know that rabies is active in their area.

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An animal with rabies could infect other animals that do not have a rabies vaccine, including pets. If a pet is bitten by a wild animal, it should be taken to a veterinarian immediately and the District Animal Department should also be notified.

Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by a wildlife should see a doctor immediately and report the injury to the local health department. Treatment, started shortly after exposure, helps protect a person from nervous system disease, which can be fatal.

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