JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Department of Health of Florida in Duval County issued a reminder Monday that everyone should avoid contact with stray animals after Somone was exposed to a raging bat.
According to a message from the Ministry of Health, residents have been summoned to avoid contact with wild and stray animals to better protect themselves against the risk of exposure to rabies. The Jacksonville resident, who was exposed to the virus, needs post-exposure and vaccinations.
The Ministry of Health has indicated that rabies virus can cause death in humans and other mammals. The virus infects the central nervous system, eventually causing a disease in the brain that leads to death if it is not treated quickly.
"There's nothing to mess with, it's not a joke, you need to seek medical help immediately," said Dr. Susan Shelton, Francis. "Often, you may have heard of things like they are afraid of water, they can blow up in the mouth. Usually what you will see is only an animal that is inappropriate, neurological or psychologically inappropriate ̵
According to the Ministry of Health, the majority of cases of rabies occur in animals such as genoa, scotch, bats, foxes and wild cats. The steps people can take to protect themselves and animals include:
- Keep rabies vaccines so far for all pets and endangered animals.
- Teach children not to deal with strange animals, wild or domestic, even if they look friendly.
USEFUL INFORMATION: Rabies Frequently Asked Questions
If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, the Ministry of Health advises people to seek medical attention and report the hurt by calling (904) 253-2567.
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