The Florida Department of Health- Hillsborough has identified a bat that has tested positive for rabies. The bat was found near the 1300 block of N. Westshore Blvd in the 33607 area of Hillsborough County. At this time only one person, an Orange County resident, has been exposed. The victim has been notified and will be receiving treatment in Orange County.
All residents of Hillsborough County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Hillsborough County.
This is the second case identified this week, and the third within the past month.
Earlier this month, the Department of Health has identified a cat that tested positive for rabies in the area of Banyan Bluff Dr Tampa, 33613. This is in the USF area between Temple Terrace Animal Hospital and our Lutz location, All Creatures Animal Hospital. At this time, they have identified one human exposure and they are beginning treatment.
This case followed another case on 2/15/2018 in which a black and white domestic shorthair cat in the area of Holly Bluff Ct Plant City 33566 had tested positive for rabies.
Be sure your pet’s rabies vaccine is current. Schedule your appointment today!
Protect your pets and family by following the suggestions listed below:
- Make sure that your pets are properly vaccinated for rabies. Florida law requires this.
- Stay away from all unknown animals to include domestic (dogs & cats) strays, farm livestock and free-roaming (raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats) wildlife.
- Keep your pets on your property. Do not allow pets to roam free without supervision.
- Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals by leaving pet food outside, or garbage cans open.
- If you think you were bitten or scratched by the animal described above please contact the Health Department at the number listed below.
- For additional information and to report animal bites contact: Florida Department of Health-Hillsborough Environmental Health Services at 813-307-8059
- Hillsborough County requires all domestic animals to be vaccinated for rabies and registered with current tag. For additional information contact Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at 813-744-5660.