6th case of rabies in a cat in Hillsborough County this year
Updated: Jun 28 2018
The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, has issued a rabies alert for the area near N Dort Street and Rowena Mays Park Plant City, FL in East Hillsborough County. This is in response to cat (white and brown tabby, domestic short hair) that tested positive for rabies.
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 6th case of rabies in the county this year.
Alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public, but they should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named as under an alert.
The recent rabies alert is for 60 days. The center of the rabies alert is at N Dort Street and Rowena Mays Park Plant City FL 33563, and includes the following area boundaries in Hillsborough County:
- Park Road, East Boundary
- Air Port Road/Grant Street, South Boundary
- I-4, North Boundary
- Branch Forbes/North Forbes Road, West Boundary
Two people, one dog exposed to rabid cat in Gibsonton neighborhood
Updated: Jun 21 2018
At least one adult, a child, and a family dog were exposed to rabies by a neighborhood cat in Gibsonton, health officials announced Thursday.
The cat lived around East Bay Road and has since tested positive for rabies, according to the Florida Department of Health for Hillsborough County, and officials are searching for anyone else who may have been exposed.
The feline is described as a gray tabby domestic short-hair cat, which recently gave birth to several kittens. The babies will be tested for rabies, the DOH said. The adult and child who were exposed have started receiving vaccines. The dog’s rabies vaccinations were up-to-date, the department said, but the dog received a booster shot as a precaution. The owner was told the dog must be quarantined in the home for 45 days.
Anyone who believes they were bitten, scratched, or exposed to the rabid cat’s saliva are asked to report the exposure to the DOH in Hillsborough County. The agency said they will notify all homes within a 500-mile radius of where the cat was located.
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 fourth case within the past 5 months.
Earlier this year, the Florida Department of Health- Hillsborough 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. Then, the Department of Health identified a cat that tested positive for rabies in the area of Banyan Bluff Dr Tampa, 33613 – in the USF area between Temple Terrace Animal Hospital and our Lutz location, All Creatures Animal Hospital.
That 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.