SUN CITY CENTER, Florida – A woman is being treated for rabies after finding a small rabid bat on her arm in Hillsborough County.
The Florida Department of Health at Hillsborough County (DOH-Hillsborough) said the woman helped a friend on Monday in a parking lot around the 4,000-block Upper Creek Drive at Sun City Center when she felt something hit her arm ,
They said that after she got home she found a small bat on her arm. Immediately, the woman crushed the bat with a towel and contacted DOH-Hillsborough.
After testing the bat, they found that rabies was positive. The woman is currently undergoing treatment.
Anyone in a home or business within 500 yards of finding the bat will be asked to contact DOH-Hillsborough if he believes it has been exposed.
According to DOH-Hillsborough, rabies exposure is unusual in this way. In general, exposure occurs when someone interacts with a stray or wild animal. Anyone who has been bitten, scratched or exposed to the spit of a wild animal or an animal that behaves abnormally should always report it to the local health authority.
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Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:
- Keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all pets.
- If your pet is bitten wild, seek animal health and veterinary support immediately contact the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at (813) 744-5660.
- Do not treat, feed or unintentionally attract wild animals with open rubbish bins or trash.
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- Teach children to treat unfamiliar wild or domestic animals, even if they appear friendly.
- Prevent bats from entering homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas where they could come into contact with humans and pets.
- Persons bitten or scratched by wild or domesticated animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health at Hillsborough County at (813) 307-. 8059.