Officials issue alert after rabid cat found in Miami-Dade

Posted at 2:15 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 10:18:42-04

MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - Florida health officials have issued a 60-day alert in Miami-Dade County after a second cat tested positive for rabies this year.

The Florida Department of Health announced the alert Tuesday morning. It covers a limited area in North Miami Beach and will last until Dec. 14.

An earlier alert following the discovery of the first rabid cat is set to end Nov. 24. It covers another area in North Miami Beach.

Rabies is disease of the nervous system that can be fatal animals and humans.

Health officials say one person is receiving rabies treatment after trying to deal with an unvaccinated stray cat. Another person is being checked following a cat scratch. The cat has been euthanized.

Beside the two cats, six rabid raccoons were found on Zoo Miami land over the summer.