A rabies alert has been issued for the Fort Myers area by the Florida Department of Health after an animal tested positive in the area.
The alert will last for 60 days and includes the following boundaries:
- Caloosahatchee river to the North
- Edison Avenue to the South
- Cleveland Avenue/Route 41 to the West
- Veronica S Shoemaker Boulevard to the East
Officers will be sent upon request to set traps on residential streets in the alert area for people who are concerned, according to Betsy Clayton with Lee County Domestic Animal Services
The health department offers the following list of precautions:
- Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.
- Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals. If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact Lee County Domestic Animal Services, 239-533-7387.
- Call Lee County Domestic Animal Services to report any stray dogs in your neighborhood or private property owners can hire a nuisance wildlife trapper for removal of wildlife.
- Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
- Do not leave food sources out for wildlife such as pet food or unsecured garbage.
- Avoid contact with stray and feral animals.
- Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
- Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals even if they appear friendly.
- Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces where they might come in contact with people and pets.
- Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Lee County at 239-332-9580.
Learn more about rabies on the health department website .
Additional reporting by Antoniette Meyer