Saturday, Dec 20, 2014

Rabid raccoon reported in east Brooksville

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - A raccoon involved in a fight with a dog on Sun Hill Lane in Brooksville has tested positive for rabies, the Department of Health in Hernando County reported.

This is the first time a rabid animal has been found in Hernando County this year. The last report of a rabid animal was in October; it also was a raccoon.

Laboratory results confirmed the raccoon was rabid on Wednesday. The dog was receiving vaccinations, and will be quarantined for 45 days at its home in east Brooksville as a precaution. Sun Lane is between Cedar Lane and Neff Lake Road, just west of Spring Lake Highway.

The health department urges residents to report stray or wild animals that behave strangely to Hernando County Animal Services at (352) 796-5062.

Rabid animals may act aggressive or tame, stagger or become paralyzed, and drool, according to the health department. Animals that commonly carry rabies are raccoons, foxes, bats and skunks.

The health department recommends vaccinating all dogs, cats and ferrets for rabies and keeping them in fenced-in areas. Avoid free-roaming animals, and keep garbage secured.

More information is available by calling the Department of Health in Hernando County at (352) 540-6817.

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