Rabid pit bull found south of Greenacres; officials urge tests
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.