Number of Rabies Cases in Leon County Approaching Record Levels

By: John Rogers Email
By: John Rogers Email

The director of Leon County Animal Control says the number of reported cases of rabies in the county is approaching record levels.

Rabies is a virus that infects an animal's nervous system and could ultimately lead to death.

It can be transferred to humans through saliva and the Leon County animal control director is urging the public to stay alert.

In 2008, there were a total of 61 animals and humans that were exposed to the rabies virus.

Already in 2009, there have been over 57 exposures, and the year's not over yet.

Some of the cases came from Myers Park and from the Indian Head Acres neighborhood less than a mile away.

But the official says the cases are widespread throughout the county and not concentrated in certain areas.

The official says to stay current with your pets' rabies vaccinations...and stay away from wildlife.

If anyone spots an animal that seems aggressive, disoriented, runs in circles or reacts negatively to sound, those are good indicators for rabies.

If Leon County residents see these symptoms, stay away and call Animal control at 850-606-5400.

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  • by anon Location: tallahassee on May 26, 2009 at 09:38 AM
    It is wildlife spreading the virus, not unaltered animals. Bats, fox, raccoons and coyotes, to name a few. Although it is a good idea to spay or neuter your pet, it's an even better idea to have them vaccinated against rabies each year. Do not approach wild animals.
  • by John Location: Tallahassee on May 26, 2009 at 04:41 AM
    Very good article. Does not even state what animals had the rabies!! LouisThomas, how does a spay/neurter program help with rabies??
  • by LouisThomas Location: Florida on May 25, 2009 at 06:49 PM
    Florida should have pass FLHB451-low cost spay/neutering. This problem of rabies and disease is only going to get worse with countless millions of homeless animals-but I guess public safety and expense of pounds is not a priority of the Florida legislature. Sad. Not only expensive millions of animals suffer horribly from human irresponsibility and its horribly expensive to spay/neuter pets. This would have solved that. Very sad.
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