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Rabid cat, raccoons trigger rabies alert in West Volusia
By Pat Andrews
posted Dec 9, 2013 - 9:35:11am
West Volusia is under a rabies alert, after three animals were recently discovered infected with the serious disease.
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County announced the alert Nov. 21, in response to the three cases, all of which were found in West Volusia, Health Department Environmental Supervisor Jim McRae said.
• On Nov. 5, a DeLand family reported a stray cat "that had been acting strangely" and had bitten another stray cat, on Garfield Avenue, just off U.S. Highway 92. DeLand Animal Control picked up the cat, which subsequently died and tested positive for rabies.
DeLand police Sgt. Chris Estes said an Animal Control officer picked up two kittens as well as the adult cat, and took them for veterinary care. The kittens were euthanized due to their exposure to the disease, as recommended by the Health Department.
• A raccoon got into a fight with a pet dog in Deltona around Nov. 11 on Kimberly Drive, not far from Courtland Boulevard. Deltona Animal Control picked up the raccoon, which tested positive for rabies.
The dog had not been inoculated for rabies, and its owner was ordered to keep it quarantined at the home for six months. If the dog shows any signs of developing illness, the owner must notify Animal Control and the Health Department. If the dog had been inoculated against rabies, the quarantine period would have been 45 days.
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