Rabid Cat Alert

Positive rabies alert: June 20, 2018

The Florida Department of Health State Lab has identified a domestic cat that has tested positive for rabies. The cat was found near E. Bay Ave in Gibsonton, 33534. At this time, one adult, one child and one domestic pet have been exposed. The human victims have begun rabies post exposure vaccines.

The investigation is ongoing and officials are working to make sure no other exposures have occurred.

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

For additional information and/or concerns please contact the following.

Courtney Lemay
Environmental Specialist II
Rabies Coordinator/Biomedical Waste
Florida Department of Health, Hillsborough County
1105 East Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602

Office number: (813) 307-8015 ext. 5930
Fax Number: (813) 272-7242
Email: courtney.lemay@flhealth.gov

Rabid Bat Alert: News Channel 8

Rabid bat discovered in Tampa, 10th person exposed to rabies in Hillsborough
By WFLA Web Staff
Published: March 9, 2018, 12:59 pm Updated: March 9, 2018, 1:47 pm

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A tenth person has been exposed to rabies in Hillsborough County following the discovery of a rabid bat in Tampa’s Westshore district

The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County said the bat was discovered in the 1300 block of North Westshore Boulevard.

The bat was found in the grass on its back. The bat was then taken to a local veterinary office. DOH was notified and tested it for rabies.

Health officials say the person who was exposed to rabies is an Orange County resident who will be receiving treatment there.

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