Ra­bid pit bull found south of Greenacres; of­fi­cials urge tests

The Palm Beach Post - - OBITUARIES - By Han­nah Win­ston Palm Beach Post Staff Writer hwin­ston@pbpost.com Twit­ter: @han­nah­win­ston

An in­jured pit bull tested pos­i­tive for ra­bies at a vet­eri­nar­ian’s of­fice in Palm Beach County last week, ac­cord­ing to the Florida Depart­ment of Health.

The uniden­ti­fied dog was taken a vet’s of­fice Thurs­day to be treated for undis­closed wounds and tested pos­i­tive for ra­bies. The ner­vous-sys­tem dis­ease is fa­tal to mam­mals and the only treat­ment for hu­man ex­po­sure is ra­bies-spe­cific im­mune glob­u­lin and ra­bies im­mu­niza­tion. Treat­ment started soon af­ter ex­po­sure can pro­tect a per­son from the dis­ease. At least two peo­ple were ex­posed to the dog, which was not cur­rent on its ra­bies vac­cine, ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment.

Those who live in the area near Edgecliffe Av­enue and Lan­tana Road, south of Greenacres and just east of Jog Road, and may have come in con­tact with the pit bull or any stray an­i­mal since Oct. 22 are asked to call the depart­ment at 561-671-4184.

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