Holly Holt, Administrator, Walton County Health Department, has issued a rabies alert for the southern geographical region of Walton County. This is in response to a fox attack reported on August 16, 2012.
All citizens in Walton 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 Walton County. Alerts are designated to increase awareness to the public, but they should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named as under an alert.
This rabies alert is in effect for 60 days. The center of the rabies alert is for South Walton and includes the following area boundaries in Walton County:
An animal with rabies could infect other animals or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all contact with wildlife 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. Walton County Health Department urges the public to help protect themselves and to prevent the spread of rabies by taking the following steps:
For further information on rabies, go to the Florida Department of Health website: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/medicine/rabies/rabies-index.html or contact Walton County Health Department (850) 892-8021 or Walton County Animal Control (850) 892-8758.
Information provided by the Walton County Health Department