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Broward Health Department: Rabies Alert for Fort Lauderdale after raccoon attack

A rabies alert is in effect for 60 days in a Fort Lauderdale after a wild raccoon attack sent two women to the hospital last week.
Broward Health officials are warning people to avoid contact with wildlife and make sure their pets’ shots are up to date.

The rabies alert was issued Monday for a portion of Fort Lauderdale after a raccoon tested positive.
Wildlife officials had a difficult time trying to trap the aggressive raccoon that tried to attack them.

The rabies alert covers the following areas and lasts for 60 days:

SW 9th Street to the North
I-95 to the West
South Fork of the New River to the East
South Fork of the New River to the South

All residents and visitors of Broward should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated, the Florida Department of Health in Broward County said.