Rabies: Florida Bobcat That Attacked Horse Tests Positive

A bobcat that scratched a horse last week in Florida has tested positive for rabies. The attack occurred on May 21 on Cherokee Street in Palm City. This is the first case of rabies in Martin county this year. Last year three animals tested positive for rabies—a bobcat, a raccoon, and a fox.

The horse will be placed in quarantine for six months.

Rabies is a virus that is transmitted from the bite or scratch of a rabid animal. Any mammal can get rabies. The most common carriers of rabies are raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes. Cats are the most frequently reported rabid domestic animal in the United States.

To prevent rabies, the Florida Department of Health recommends:

  • Make sure your pets are up-to-date with their rabies vaccinations.
  • Do not feed or handle wild animals. If you see an animal acting strangely, call your local authorities.
  • If you get bitten by an animal, wash the wound with soap and water for a least 5 minutes and see a doctor.
  • Do not touch dead animals. Use gloves to remove and dispose of the animal properly.
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