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Warning Issued After Rabid Fox Attack Near Buncombe Co. School

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BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. - Buncombe County Health Department Officials are warning people to be on the lookout for rabid animals after an attack near a middle school.

Animal services says they received a report of a fox attacking a woman on Stone Drive in Swannanoa. Buncombe County School officials put Owen Middle School on lockdown. Authorities say they responded to the scene and found the fox acting aggressively, running toward deputies. The animal was put down. Tests came back positive for rabies.

The victim is getting treatment for rabies. Buncombe County public safety personnel will canvass the area advising residents to be vigilant and cautious of wildlife in the area, and informing them about appropriate safeguards. Animal Services will also be distributing literature about the incident and advising residents to make sure that their pets are current on their rabies vaccinations.
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