- Associated Press - Sunday, April 20, 2014

ZEPHRYHILLS, Fla. (AP) - Health officials in Pasco County are expanding the boundaries for a previously issued rabies alert.

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County says this is in response to a raccoon found outside of the previous boundaries testing positive for rabies. A statement says all residents should be aware of the alert and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated.

County Health Officer Mike Napier said in the statement that residents should get their pets vaccinated and “educate your children to stay away from any raccoons or animals they are not familiar with.”

The rabies alert is for 60 days. It was announced on Friday.

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