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Posted on: September 26, 2018

Update: Rabies Alert for North Miami Beach

Map of rabies affected area. See text for details.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade (DOH-Miami-Dade) has LIFTED the rabies alert for the following boundaries as of November 28, 2018:

  • NE 163rd Street to the North
  • NE 151 Street to the South
  • Biscayne Boulevard to the East
  • NE 14th Avenue to the West

The alert was set in place since September 25, 2018 when a first cat tested positive for rabies. There has not been another positive laboratory result for rabies within 60 days, This is an appropriate timeframe to lift the health advisory. However, in Florida there is a risk of rabies transmission year-round.

Please keep in mind that the following area is still in affect for a rabies alert:

  • NE 186th Street to the North
  • Royal Glades Canal to the South
  • West Dixie Hwy to the East
  • NE 19th Avenue to the West

Map of rabies affected area. See text for details.

  • Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to humans and warm-blooded animals.
  • An animal with rabies could infect other wild or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies.
  • Rabies is spread through an infected animal’s saliva, which can be passed to another person or animal through a bite or if the infected saliva enters open wounds, the mouth, nose, or eyes of another animal or person.
  • To ensure the safety of your pets and family, keep rabies vaccinations for all pets up-to-date. Rabies vaccines are available at a private veterinarian or at Miami-Dade Animal Services.
  • Keep your pets under direct supervision so as to avoid contact with animals. Do not allow your pets to run free. Follow leash laws by keeping your pets secure on your property.
  • Teach children to never handle unfamiliar, wild, or domestic animals, even if they appear friendly.
  • Pet owners should contact their local veterinarian to vaccinate pets or ensure that their rabies vaccine is current.
  • North Miami Beach is coordinating with Miami-Dade County in order to offer rabies vaccines for pets whose owners live within the rabies alert boundaries.


IF YOUR PET IS BITTEN: SEEK VETERINARY ASSISTANCE & CONTACT MIAMI-DADE ANIMAL SERVICES AT 3-1-1

IF YOU ARE BITTEN OR SCRATCHED BY A WILD OR DOMESTIC ANIMAL: SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION & REPORT THE INJURY TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN MIAMI-DADE AT (305) 342-2400


Click here to view the Public Health Notice: Rabies Alert document.

Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade
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