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According to a release, domestic animals are also at risk of the disease if they are not vaccinated.
Health officials issued the following advice in a statement:
· All pets should have current rabies immunizations.
· Secure outside garbage in covered containers to avoid attracting wild animals.
· Do not leave pet food outside. This also attracts other animals.
· Avoid contact with all wildlife, especially feral cats, raccoons, bats and foxes.
· If bitten or scratched by a suspected rabid animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water, seek medical attention and promptly report the incident to Orange County Animal Services at 407-254-9150.
· Rabies is preventable when treatment is provided in a timely manner.
· For general questions pertaining to animals, contact Orange County Animal Services 407-254-9150.