Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hillsborough warns of rabid foxes

TAMPA — Hillsborough health officials are warning of rabid foxes in northwest Hillsborough County.

The Hillsborough County Health Department has been notified of two incidents involving foxes about a half-mile apart.

The first was a scratch.

The second happened as Donell Hall, 44, was leaving a sick friend's house before 8 a.m. April 16.

Hall had one leg out of her GMC Jimmy when the fox scratched the back of her leg and then bit her. Hillsborough County Animal Services caught the fox while it was still under Hall's vehicle. It tested positive for rabies.

Health Department spokesman Steve Huard said officials don't know if the same fox was involved in both incidents.

Notify the Health Department at (813) 307-8059 if you fear you've been bitten by a rabid animal. Rabies is fatal to humans and pets if preventive measures are not taken. It can be transmitted to humans through a wild animal's saliva from a bite or a minor scratch.

Keep away, and safeguard pets

The Health Department offers the following guidelines for avoiding rabies:

• Avoid direct contact with wild animals.

• Keep wild animals such as foxes and raccoons out of the house and yard, and do not place feeders in the yard.

• Protect pets by vaccinating them for rabies, and keep their shots up to date.

• Unsupervised outdoor pets are at risk for exposure to rabies through contact with wild animals.

• Eliminate artificial feeding sources. Don't leave food for pets in the yard, especially at night, and secure trash cans with fasteners or enclose them in lockable bins.

• Make sure bird feeders are not accessible to wild animals; most squirrel-proof coverings also deter other wild animals.

Hillsborough warns of rabid foxes 04/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 24, 2009 12:11am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Forecast: Remnants of tropical wave continues to bring rain through the weekend


    After relatively dry weather through the first half of the workweek, the tropical wave remnants continue to bring an increased threat for showers and storms across the state and Tampa Bay.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast
  2. Harvey regains tropical storm strength in Gulf of Mexico


    MIAMI (AP) — Harvey regained tropical storm strength as it drifted in the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas early Thursday and forecasters said it could become a hurricane.

    Leo Sermiento, left, and Emilio Gutierrez, right, fill sandbags in preparation of a tropical system on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, on South Padre Island, Texas. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center to elevate its readiness level and is making state resources available for preparation and possible rescue and recovery actions amid forecasts a tropical storm will make landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast.
  3. Largest Powerball jackpot won by single ticket in Massachusetts


    DES MOINES, Iowa - Powerball Product Group Chair Charlie McIntyre says the $758.7 million jackpot claimed by a ticket sold in Massachusetts is the largest grand prize won by a single lottery ticket in U.S. history.

    A Powerball lottery sign displays the lottery prizes at a convenience store Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Northbrook, Ill. Lottery officials said the grand prize for Wednesday night's drawing has reached $700 million, the second -largest on record for any U.S. lottery game.
  4. Florida education news: Computer coding, guidance counseling, career planning and more


    SESSION STARTERS: State Sen. Jeff Brandes refiles legislation to allow Florida high school students to swap computer coding for foreign language credits.

  5. Rays morning after: Offense showing some life