Suwannee Democrat

Jasper News

December 31, 2013

Health officials in Hamilton County issue rabies alert

Jasper — The Florida Department of Health in Hamilton County has issued a Rabies Alert for the Northwest region of the county. The Alert is in response to a report of a dog being attacked by a bobcat in Jennings. The bobcat tested positive for the disease on Dec. 18. The Alert is in place for 60 days and includes areas located within the boundaries of CR 141 North, CR 143 North, and CR 146.

“It is very important residents are aware rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated.” said Mark Lander, administrator, Florida Department of Health in Hamilton County. “This is a reminder for everyone to take precautions to keep your pets and family members healthy and safe.”

Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and fatal to warm blooded animals and humans. An animal with rabies can infect other wild or domestic animals not vaccinated against the disease. All domestic animals should be 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.

The Florida Department of Health in Hamilton County issues the following reminders:


  • Keep rabies vaccinations up to date on all pets.
  • Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Hamilton County Animal Control at 386-438-0286.
  • Call Animal Control to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood.
  • Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. Wild animals can include raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes.
  • Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas, where they might come in contact with people and pets.
  • Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to Department of Health in Hamilton County at 386-792-1414.


For more information, visit the Florida Department of Health at

Text Only
Jasper News
Business Marquee
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
House Ads
Twitter Updates
Suwannee Democrat on Facebook

Do you think the city of Live Oak should have a city-manager form of government or leave it as a city-administrator form of government?

Change to a city-manager.
Keep it as city-administrator.
Don’t care either way.
What are you talking about?
     View Results