Walton County - Holly Holt, Administrator, Walton County Health Department, has rescinded the rabies alert issued on August 16, 2012 for the following areas located in South Walton:
South of US Hwy 98 to the Gulf of Mexico
East of County Road 393 to County Road 283
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. An animal with rabies could infect other wild animals or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. Because rabies can be prevented but not cured, being proactive in getting pets vaccinated is the key to safeguarding our community from this deadly disease. Rabies vaccination is required for all pets. Ask your veterinarian to vaccinate pets and at-risk livestock and make sure you follow your veterinarian’s instructions for revaccination.
In addition, Walton County Health Department advises the following:
Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Walton County Health Department at 850-892-8021.
Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Walton County Animal Control at 850-892-8758 or the Walton County Health Department.
Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood.
Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter. Never feed wild or stray animals. Avoid attracting them with outdoors food sources like uncooked trash. Feed your pets indoors. Do not leave pet food outside.
Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
For more information on rabies, go to the Florida Department of Health website: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/disease_ctrl/epi/diseases.htm or contact the Walton County Health Department, Environmental Health office at (850) 892-8021.