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PALM BEACH GARDENS (CBS12) -- A dog is being held at home for observation for the next month and a half after it came home with a bat in its mouth.
The bat has rabies, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Fortunately the dog is current on its rabies vaccines. The home confinement is a precaution.
However, family members who handled the bat and came in contact with the dog are being advised to get the vaccine for rabies. It's a series of four shots.
This marks the second rabid animal case in Palm Beach County this year.
The Health Department is advising homeowners to make sure their pets are up-to-date on their shots.
Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans.
The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies-specific immune globulin and rabies immunization.
Appropriate treatment started soon after the exposure will protect an exposed person from the disease.
• 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 Animal Care & Control at 561-233-1200.
• Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood.
• Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or regularly vaccinated.
• Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
• Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
• Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
• Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas where they might come in contact with people and pets.