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Two People Attacked By Rabid Fox In Henderson County

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The Henderson County Department of Health issued a warning after two people were attacked Monday by a rabid fox.

"It's a little bit disconcerting a lot of times I'll leave the kids playing in the yard while I go inside," Henderson County resident Michelle Stanley said.  

Deputies sent out a letter explaining a woman was gardening when a fox came up and bit her then later attacked another man.

"I was notified via telephone and via the police came by," Stanley said.  

Deputies canvassed the area because there's no telling how many other animals may be infected. Health officials want you to stay away from any animal that appears sick or overly aggressive.

If scratched or bit immediately rinse with soap and water and get to a doctor.

If you are bit the doctor may give you a series of vaccinations to prevent rabies.

"If it's not done that way and you begin to have symptoms it's usually fatal," Audrey Saltz with the Henderson County Department of Health said.

Its also fatal for your pets so vaccinate your cats and dogs. It is state law in both South Carolina and North Carolina that Dogs, Cats and Ferrets must have up to date rabies vaccinations.

Michelle Stanley says the rabid fox was the perfect opportunity to talk to her children about stray animals.

"We told them that if there's any dogs cats or any other animals they don't recognize to come in and tell us immediately," Stanley said.

As much as we all want to help when we see an injured animal health officials say put your own safety first.

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