NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL — After recently imposing two new rabies alerts in the Kendall area, health officials said Friday they were lifting a rabies alert previously issued for the North Miami Beach area.
“The alert has been in place since Oct. 16, 2018 when the second cat tested positive for rabies,” according to the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County. “There has not been another positive laboratory result for rabies within 60 days. This is an appropriate time frame to lift the health advisory. However, in Florida there is a risk of rabies transmission year-round.”
The North Miami Beach rabies alert had been in effect for the following boundaries:
NE 186th Street to the north,
Royal Glades Canal to the south,
West Dixie Hwy to the east,
NE 19th Avenue to the west
Meanwhile, two other rabies alerts remain in effect for the Kendall area where a rabid otter recently bit one person and at least three other people were possibly exposed to the deadly disease. A seventh raccoon also tested positive in the Kendall area.
The Kendall area alerts will be in effect at least until Jan. 19.
Health officials said that the otter who bit the person later died. No information on the victim was released.
The first Kendall area alert covers the following boundaries:
SW 152nd Street to the North
SW 187th Street to the South
SW 117th Avenue to the East
SW 137th Avenue to the West
Another Kendall alert covers these boundaries:
SW 144th Street to the North
SW 184th Street to the South
Biscayne Bay to the East
US 1 to the West
Rabies is described by the World Health Organization as an infectious viral disease that is almost always fatal following the onset of clinical signs.
The Florida Department of Health reports that the virus can spread to unvaccinated pets, which then pose a high risk to the pet owner and their family.