DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) - A rabies alert has been issued in certain parts of Davie.
The Florida Department of Health in Broward County said a feral cat tested positive for rabies, Tuesday.
“I was very concerned when I saw you guys. I asked and now that you say it’s 60 days, I’m more concerned. There’s a lot of stray cats out there, and I have a 2-year-old that likes to pet them,” said Michelle Delgado, a Davie resident.
“I just want to make sure he’s fine,” said Elisheva Lugo.
Lugo is also a mother and told 7News she’s making changes to her routine.
“I’ve tried to go to more parks that are closed than open,” said Lugo.
The rabies alert will be in effect for the next 60 days.
The affected areas cover Southwest 36th Court to the north, Florida Turnpike to the east, Orange Drive to the south and Davie Road to the west.
“I’m going to be more alert and maybe call the animal control to take the cats,” said Delgado.
7News asked residents if they are concerned about rabies.
“Of course. Of course,” said Mary Martin, a concerned resident. “I didn’t know there was a rabies thing going around.”
Martin has cats and a dog, and knows of the dangers surrounding rabies.
“I’ve seen pictures on my phone and stuff about animals having rabies, and they attack you eventually,” said Martin. “I’m afraid about that, because I don’t want my animals getting it.”
The Department of Health and Broward County are urging residents to make sure all their pets’ vaccinations are up to date and to keep their animals on a leash following this alert.
It has also been advised to refrain from feeding any wild animals.
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