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Three animals test positive for rabies in Jackson County

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 07:14:58-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. — A health alert in Jackson County, where at least three people have tested positive for rabies.

At least two of those cases involved a fox, the other involved a raccoon. Right now, rabies cases have only been reported in the eastern part of the county.

The health department believes more animals are out since losing their homes during Hurricane Michael, so they are warning you to not approach any wildlife.

Rabies is a disease that attacks the nervous system and can lead to death.

”Rabies is something you don’t want to play around with. It’s something if you are contracted, it is fatal. There is a vaccine to prevent it," said T.G. Harkrider, with the Jackson County Department of Health. "If you are exposed to it we can provide you with the vaccine that can prevent you from getting rabies.”

The county's rabies alert will be in effect for the next 60 days.