TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County has issued a rabies alert for zip code 33625 near the Citrus Park area in Hillsborough County. This alert is being issued after two raccoons tested positive for rabies, one reported in December, and the other in January, officials said.
Hillsborough County residents should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated, officials said. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Hillsborough County, HCHD experts said, and alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public; but they should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named as under an alert.
This rabies alert will remain in effect for 60 days, officials said.
The center of the rabies alert includes the following area boundaries in Hillsborough county: * Gunn Hwy, north boundary * Veterans Expressway, east boundary * Gardner Road, south boundary * Sheldon Road, west boundary.
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