Rabies found in Indian River County after person, cat attacked by raccoon

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Health officials warned residents to stay clear of wildlife and stray animals after a raccoon with rabies attacked someone and their cat over Memorial Day weekend. The attack occurred May 29 and the raccoon tested positive for the deadly virus June 2, according to the Florida […]

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Health officials warned residents to stay clear of wildlife and stray animals after a raccoon with rabies attacked someone and their cat over Memorial Day weekend.

The attack occurred May 29 and the raccoon tested positive for the deadly virus June 2, according to the Florida Department of Health in Indian River.

Spokeswoman Stacy Brock said she could not give details about the person, but said the raccoon did make contact with them and the cat died as a result.

Brock said the person was undergoing preventative treatment for the virus.

The state health agency issued the alert Thursday for a roughly 15-mile stretch of Orchid Island between County Road 510 in Wabasso and Round Island Park near the St. Lucie County line.

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