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Fox Tests Positive For Rabies, Two People Bitten in NC

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HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. -

Officials in Henderson County say a fox that attacked two people in Henderson County Monday has tested positive for rabies.

The Hendersonville Times-News reports county officials received confirmation Wednesday from the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health.

The attack happened in the North Rugby Road and N.C. Highway 191 area where two residents were bitten on Monday.

The N.C. State Lab of Public Health says this is the first positive rabies case in Henderson County since 2011.

The Times-News reports officials with the Henderson County Sheriff's Animal Enforcement Division and the Department of Public Health are urging residents to ensure their pet's rabies vaccination is current.

They also urge you to contact a veterinarian immediately if their pet seems injured from an unknown cause, displays unusual behavior or appears sick - even if the animal is current on its rabies vaccination.

Residents are being asked to contact Henderson County Animal Services at (828) 697-4912 if you think your pet was exposed or if you have any questions.

They say do not approach, handle or touch any stray animals.  The Times-News reports law enforcement officers are checking the area for any stray animals and checking with residents to make sure their pets are vaccinated.  The affected area is currently a one square mile radius from Bowman Street.

 

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