Conservation efforts in the state

A bat in a Florida town was tested positive for rabies recently. This is the first case of a bat carrying the disease this year in that area. Rabies is a potentially fatal disease that can be contracted from infected animals. It attacks the nervous system but with proper treatment can be cured. Officials have urged residents to remain vigilant for infected animals.

Wildlife Conservation Bill would bring millions to Florida

A bipartisan bill aimed at keeping wildlife populations off the endangered species list is to get a markup by the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee.

State fish and wildlife agencies have estimated that nearly 12,000 species are at risk across the country, including more than 1,000 in Florida, mostly because of loss of habitat from development. The legislation would help boost state efforts to conserve species before they are in crisis. Learn more

Summary: A proposed wildlife conservation bill would help protect Florida’s endangered species. There is an estimated 12,000 species that are at risk across the country with more than 1,000 in the state of Florida.

Bat tests positive for rabies; first case this year

The first case this year on the Treasure Coast of an animal testing positive for rabies happened when a bat was found in northeast Stuart, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County announced Thursday.

Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm-blooded animals and people. Appropriate treatment that begins soon after exposure will protect the person from the disease, health officials said. Read more

Summary: A bat was tested positive for the rabies virus recently in Florida. Rabies is a potentially fatal disease that can be contracted from an infected animal.