The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County reminds residents that a rabies alert is currently in effect for the Navarre area after another report of possible rabies in a kitten. The kitten died after developing neurological symptoms; however, rabies could not be confirmed because the brain was not suitable for testing. As a precaution, three Navarre residents who were exposed to the kitten are receiving post exposure rabies vaccine. The rabies alert will be in effect until Aug. 5.
Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans. An animal with rabies could infect other wild or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Appropriate treatment started soon after the exposure will protect an exposed person from the disease.
For further information on rabies, go to http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/rabies/index.html or call the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County at 850-983-5200, or Santa Rosa County Animal Services at 850-983-4680.