LEESBURG — The Florida Department of Health in Lake County has rescinded the rabies alert issued Jan. 16 after a raccoon tested positive for the virus in the Leesburg area. There have been no additional cases of rabies in the county.
The alert is no longer active in the following areas of Lake County:
• North boundary Lake Griffin
• South boundary Lake Harris
• East boundary Lake Griffin-Lake Harris 441 Connector
• West boundary Canal Street
Lake County Animal Services night-drop kennels will reopen this evening. As a result of the alert, Animal Services was required to temporarily suspend the use of its night-drop kennels for 60 days, in accordance with Health Department Rabies Alert guidelines. Residents sometimes use the kennels to drop off strays or give up pets for adoption after regular business hours.
Pets should always be kept under direct supervision of pet owners to keep them from coming in contact with wild animals. If a pet is bitten, owners should seek veterinary assistance immediately and contact Lake County Animal Services at 352-343-9688. Pet owners should be sure their dogs and cats are up-to-date with their rabies vaccination.
Lake County Animal Services is hosting the first of multiple rabies clinics and pet adoption events from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 at the shelter, 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, with adoption hours from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. To find out more or to make a donation to the shelter, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/adopt or call 352-343-9688.
People who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention immediately and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Lake County at 352-253-6130. For further information on rabies, visit the Florida Department of Health website at www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/medicine/rabies/rabies-index.html.