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NEW PORT RICHEY — State health officials in Pasco County have issued a 60-day rabies alert for parts of the county after three people were sickened by the virus. 

The alert Saturday came after the three caught the disease from a cat that apparently contracted it from wildlife in the New Port Richey Estates area.

Health officials are advising that pets, particularly those not vaccinated, be kept away from wildlife and that owners ensure their pets' vaccines are up to date. Rabies is a preventable viral disease most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal and it can be fatal if left untreated.

The alert pertains to the area bounded by U.S. 19, Cotee River Drive and Bellview Avenue, which forms the southern and eastern boundaries because the road curves.

Rabies alert issued in Pasco 01/17/15 [Last modified: Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:15pm] 
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