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Domestic cat is latest to test positive for rabies in Hillsborough County

Published Mar. 7, 2018

TAMPA — A domestic cat has tested positive for rabies in north Tampa, resulting in one person being exposed to the disease, according to the Hillsborough County Health Department.

The black, short-haired cat tested positive for rabies near Banyan Bluff Drive, officials said.

The person who was exposed is being treated, officials said.

Two animals have exposed eight people to rabies in Hillsborough County this year, officials said. In 2017, three animals in Hillsborough tested positive, exposing 10 people to the disease.

The Health Department warns that all domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies. All contact with wild animals should be avoided, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes. If not treated, rabies can be fatal to animals and humans.

If exposed, the Health Department says to seek immediate medical attention and to report it to the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County at (813) 307-8000.


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