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RABIES ALERT | Tampa Bay Animal Hospitals | Tampa, FL

9th case of rabies in a cat in Hillsborough County this year

Updated: August 31 2018

A domestic short haired brown & black tabby cat in the area of Nundy Ave Gibsonton, Fl 33534 has tested positive for rabies. As of now, one person has been exposed and is undergoing post exposure immunizations. Investigation is ongoing.

This is the ninth case of Rabies in our county this year: 6 cases have involved cats, 2 involved bats and one involved a racoon.

Over 20 human and dog exposures have occurred this year.

Updated: August 24 2018

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, has issued a rabies alert for the area near 4500 block of W Knollwood Street Tampa, FL 33614 in Hillsborough County. This was the 8th case of rabies in Hillsborough county this year and in response to cat (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 8th case of rabies in the county this year. (5 cats, 2 bats, and one raccoon)

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 4500 block of
W. Knollwood Street Tampa, FL 33614 and includes the following area boundaries in
Hillsborough County:

  • Dale Mabry Hwy, East Boundary
  • Hillsborough Ave South Boundary
  • Waters Ave, North Boundary
  • Veterans Expressway, West Boundary

Two people and one dog were exposed to rabid cat in Gibsonton neighborhood last June.

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.

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.

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  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.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
  • 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.
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