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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

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Rabies Prevention

  • Avoid direct human and domestic animal contact with wild animals.
  • Have your veterinarian vaccinate pets and at-risk livestock, make sure you follow your veterinarian's instructions for revaccination.
  • Do not allow your pets to run free. Follow leash laws by keeping pets and livestock secured on your property.
  • Never feed wild or stray animals-avoid attracting them with outdoors food sources. Feed your pets indoors.
  • If your animal is attacked by a wild, stray or unvaccinated animal, DO NOT examine your pet for injuries without wearing gloves. DO wash your pet with soap and water to remove saliva from the attacking animal. DO NOT let your animal come into contact with other animals or people until the situation can be handled by animal control or county health department staff.
  • Educate the public to reduce contact with stray and feral animals.
  • Support animal control in efforts to reduce feral and stray animal populations.
  • Provide pre-exposure prophylaxis for people in high-risk professions, such as animal control and veterinary personnel, laboratory workers, and those working with wildlife.
  • Bat-proof homes.

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World Rabies Day - September 28

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Florida Department of Health and partners Florida Department of Agriculture, Florida Animal Control Association, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and the Florida representatives for the United States Humane Society are in support of the World Rabies Day mission to raise awareness about:

1) The impact of human and animal rabies

2) How easy it is to prevent rabies from occurring

3) How to eliminate the main global sources

See World Rabies Day for more information

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