The Florida Department of Health in Broward County has issued a rabies alert for a portion of Fort Lauderdale after a raccoon tested positive on Monday.
The rabies alert will remain in effect for 60 days within the following boundaries:
- Southwest Ninth Street to the north
- I-95 to the West
- South fork of the New River to the east
- South fork of the New River to the south
Rabies is usually spread through an animal bite. Animals most likely to spread rabies include dogs, bats, coyotes, foxes, skunks, and raccoons. Symptoms include fever, headache, excess salivation, muscle spasms, paralysis, and mental confusion.Seek immediate medical attention after a bite or suspected bite.