Alachua County Hasn't Seen Rabies in Feral Cats in Four Years
ALACHUA COUNTY - The Florida Department of Health has released their mid-year report on rabies cases.
It's an incurable disease, but a disease whose numbers are falling across the state.
The state had 68 reports of rabies.
Alachua County had 4 reports and Marion County had 3.
Alachua County is second in the state and a local expert says that could be because more people are reporting the cases.
Most cases come from raccoons and bats in our area, and Dr. Julie Levy says feral cats are no longer a main carrier here in North Central Florida - "we've been very fortunate to not have rabies in cats in Alachua County in the past 4 years so we are definitely below the state average for rabies cases in cats even though there are a very high number of rabid wild animals."
The rabies disease can be fatal, so if you are bitten you must report it immediately.
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