A rabies alert for one section of Southwest Miami-Dade County has been extended after a second raccoon tested positive for the disease. The Florida Department of Health received confirmation of the finding on Wednesday, extending the previous alert another 60 days for the section of West Kendall from SW 152nd Street to 187th Street north and south as well as 117th Avenue to 137th Avenue to the east and west. Officials announced the first alert on May 18th after a raccoon was found in the area, but did not release the exact location where the second animal was found. Rabies is a nervous system disease and can be fatal in humans and warm blooded animals – with the only treatment for human exposure being a specific immunization. North Miami Couple Arrested in $280K Home Depot Fraud Scheme DOH officials advise all residents to keep their pets’ vaccinations up to date and keep them under supervision while outside and to avoid wild animals, including raccoons, bats, … [Read more...] about Rabies Alert Extended for SW Miami-Dade Neighborhood After Second Raccoon Found With Disease
Baby raccoons are cute. But if you ever see one, you should probably resist the urge to scoop it up and bring it home with you. A woman in Colorado learned this the hard way when a baby raccoon that she brought home tested positive for rabies. Now, she needs to be treated for rabies, along with more than a dozen of her friends who visited the critter. The woman, who lives in Weld County (north of Denver), recently found the baby raccoon on her property and took it inside her home after it was abandoned by its mother, according to a statement from the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment. When the woman's friends heard she had a baby raccoon, they just had to stop by — indeed, a total of 20 people asked to see the raccoon at the woman's home, according to the Greeley Tribune, a local news outlet. "This was a baby wild animal, so I think there was some heightened interest [in] seeing a baby animal in the home," Rachel Freeman, the … [Read more...] about Woman Rescued a Baby Raccoon. Now, She and 20 Friends Need Rabies Treatment.
GIBSONTON, Fla. — Hillsborough County is trying to locate anyone who may have been exposed to rabies after a neighborhood cat in the Gibsonton area tested positive.The cat in question lived around E. Bay Rd and was a grey tabby domestic shorthair cat.This cat exposed at least one adult, one child, and one domestic dog. The cat also recently gave birth to several kittens who will be tested for rabies.Now the Florida Department of Health is trying to locate anyone else who may have been exposed.The county says the two people with confirmed exposures have begun rabies post-exposure vaccines.The dog exposed received a booster for rabies as a precaution and will be quarantined for 45 days.All homes within a 500-foot radius where the cat was found will be notified. Anyone who has been bitten, scratched or exposed to the cat is asked to report it to DOH Hillsborough.In 2018, Hillsborough County has identified five rabid animals (three cats, one bat, and one raccoon) that … [Read more...] about Neighborhood cat tests positive for rabies, others exposed in Hillsborough County
The word is enough to strike fear in the heart of any animal lover. Rabies, though rare, leads to a horrible death if left untreated. The incidence of rabies has dramatically dropped in the United States over the past 100 years, but the threat still exists here at home as well as for those who travel abroad. In fact, earlier this year, a 6-year-old Florida boy died from rabies after being scratched by infected bat. The boy's father washed the wound thoroughly but didn't take the boy to the hospital because he cried when he was told he would get shots, according to reports. The child developed symptoms a week later and soon died. In March, a coyote that tested positive for rabies bit 8 people in suburban Westchester, New York, before being shot and killed by police. Everyone who had been exposed in this case received preventive treatment and there were no fatalities. Several state health departments warn that summer is peak season for rabies, as warm weather and outdoor … [Read more...] about Summer is peak rabies season. Here’s what you need to know
FORT LEE, N.J. & REHOVOT, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2018--Kedrion Biopharma and Kamada Ltd. (NASDAQ:KMDA) (TASE:KMDA), two leading human-derived protein therapeutics companies, announced today that KEDRAB® [Rabies Immune Globulin (Human)] has been launched in the U.S. and initial shipments are now reaching healthcare practitioners across the country. Deliveries have been timed to meet growing demand for this product as the height of the 2018 spring/summer rabies season approaches.KEDRAB, a human rabies immune globulin (HRIG), received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for passive, transient post-exposure prophylaxis of rabies infection, when given immediately after contact with a rabid or possibly rabid animal and concurrent with the rabies vaccine. Prior to FDA approval of KEDRAB, U.S. healthcare professionals had only two HRIG therapy options from which to choose to prevent the onset of rabies in someone who may have been exposed to the deadly … [Read more...] about Kedrion Biopharma and Kamada Announce KEDRAB® (Rabies Immune Globulin [Human]) Now Shipping; Distribution Timed to Meet Spring/Summer Demand for Product