TAMPA, Fla. – The Department of Health in Hillsborough County is warning the public after one person was exposed to rabies and a rabid cat was discovered.

The department said the domestic, black, short-haired cat was found in the Banyan Bluff Drive area.

The person exposed to rabies is receiving treatment, the department said. Some eight people have been exposed to rabies this year in Hillsborough County. It marks the second time this year a cat tested positive for rabies in Hillsborough County.

Three animals exposed 10 people in 2017, according to the Department of Health.

Residents and visitors in Hillsborough County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if they aren’t vaccinated.

Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans.

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