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Rabies Alert Extended for St. Lucie County

By Arlease Hall

November 09, 2015

(St. Lucie, County) – The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County (DOH-St. Lucie) is extending the alert, originally issued on October 22nd, to an additional 60 days from today’s date. The reason for this extension is a positive rabies test was reported on an unvaccinated St. Lucie County domestic dog from Florida’s Bureau of Public Health Laboratories on Friday, November 6th. This is the 2nd domestic dog to test positive for rabies in the entire state for all of 2015. The geographical area related to the rabies alert remains the same and includes:

  • North of Prima Vista Blvd
  • East of St. Lucie County Fair Grounds
  • West of Highway A1A
  • South of Indrio Rd

St. Lucie County’s five year average is two rabid animals a year. As of the first week in November, there have been six animals that tested positive for rabies including one domestic dog, one cat, three raccoons and one bat. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in St. Lucie County. Alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public, but they should not give a false sense of security to areas that are not indicated in the alert.

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