ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (970 WFLA) - The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County has issued a rabies alert for the south east geographical region of Pasco County after a cat that tested positive for rabies reported on March 13, 2014.

All citizens in Pasco County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated and wildlife contact should be avoided,  particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes.  

The recent rabies alert is for 60 days. 

The alert includes the following area boundaries:

-west of US 301 (Gall Blvd)

-south of FairviewHeights road

-east of River Glen Blvd

-north of one mile south of Chancey Road

Health department officials said if you are bitten by any animal seek care promptly, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and go to your family doctor or hospital for medical attention immediately.