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Alert: Rabies confirmed in Myakka Valley deer

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL – The state Department of Health in Sarasota County received laboratory conformation of rabies in a local deer on Monday.

The deer had been showing signs of illness, including twitching in the face, poor muscular coordination, salivation and no apparent fear of humans. Suspect to carry the threatening rabies diseases, the animal was euthanized and tested positive for rabies.

Authorities are uncertain how the deer contracted rabies and thus have issued a rabies alert for 60-days in the Myakka Valley Ranches Subdivision.

The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Sarasota County.