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Rabies alert issued for northern Marion County

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Updated: 7/20/2013 11:44 am
OCALA, Fla. -- A rabies alert has been issued for a section of northern Marion County after a raccoon tested positive for the disease.

The rabies alert is in effect just north of the Ocala city limits, near the town of Anthony.

The Florida Department of Health warns all Marion County residents that animals that are not vaccinated are at risk of picking up the disease.

Rabies is a disease of the nervous system that can be fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans. 

Officials are asking residents not to leave any type of food outside and to secure garbage containers.

The rabies alert is in effect for 60 days. 

For more information on the rabies alert call the Florida Department of Health in Marion County at 352-622-7744.
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