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Martin County Public Health: Raccoon in Sewall's Point Tests Positive for Rabies


Martin County - Thursday March 14, 2024: The Florida Department of Health in Martin County has confirmed that a raccoon found in Sewall’s Point has tested positive for rabies. 

All residents and visitors should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population. 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 your pets under direct supervision and on a leash so they do not come in contact with wild or stray animals. If an animal bites your pet, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Martin County Animal Control at 772-463-3211.
  • Avoid contact with wild or stray animals. Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract them with open garbage cans or litter.
  • Immunize your pets based on your veterinarian’s recommended schedule.
  • Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or regularly vaccinated.

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