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Rabies alert issued in northwest Hillsborough County

Published Mar. 14, 2018

tampa

County warns
of increase in
rabies exposure

A raccoon has tested positive for rabies near Tannery Avenue, according to the Hillsborough County Health Department, prompting a rabies alert to be issued for the northwestern area of the county.

A dog and human were exposed to rabies after the dog was found fighting with the raccoon Friday night. The dog, which killed the raccoon in the fight, and the human are being treated for rabies, officials said.

In 2017, there were 10 reported cases of rabies. Through the first three months of 2018, there have been 11 human exposures. The uptick of rabies exposures led the Health Department to announce a rabies alert.

The alert will last 60 days, running north to south from County Line Road to Kennedy Boulevard. The alert runs east to west from west of Interstate 75 to the Veterans Expressway.

Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County at (813) 307-8059.

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