A rabies alert has been issued for part of North Miami Beach.
The alert was issued by officials after a second infected cat was found in the area.
The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County received confirmation of a second cat that tested positive for rabies in North Miami Beach. The cat was euthanized after it was found by a good Samaritan.
The rabies alert is in effect for:
- Northeast 186th Street to the North,
- Royal Glades Canal to the South,
- West Dixie Highway to the East,
- Northeast 19th Avenue to the West
The alert will last 60 days, and is expected to expire on Dec. 14.
At this point, one human has been has been exposed to the virus and is now receiving treatment. Another person who was scratched is also being evaluated.
Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and can be fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans.
If you believe your pet has been bitten by a wild animal, health officials advise you seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Miami-Dade Animal Services.
For further information, click here. You may also call the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County at 305-324-2400 or Animal Services at 311.
For a list of wildlife trappers, click here.