SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. — A woman is being treated for rabies after finding a small rabid bat clinging to her arm in Hillsborough County.
The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County (DOH-Hillsborough) said the woman was helping a friend into a vehicle on Monday in a parking lot around the 4000 block of Upper Creek Drive in the Sun City Center area when she felt something hit her arm.
They said after she got home she found a small bat clinging to her arm. Immediately, the woman squished the bat with a towel and contacted DOH-Hillsborough.
After testing the bat, they found that it was positive for rabies. The woman is now undergoing treatment.
Anyone in a home or business within a 500-foot radius of where the bat was found is being asked to contact DOH-Hillsborough if he or she believes they may have been exposed.
According to DOH-Hillsborough, rabies exposure in this manner is unusual. Typically, exposure occurs when someone interacts with a stray or wild animal. Anyone who has been bitten, scratched, or exposed to the saliva of any wild animal or an animal that is acting unusual should always report the exposure to their local health department.