VDH reminds everyone to be mindful of rabid animals after infected fox attacks person in Augusta County

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WFXR) – A fox attacked a person last weekend in Augusta County and, as it turned out, the fox was rabid.

We’re told the fox no longer poses a threat.

We have no information about the individual attacked, but the Virginia Department of Health is using this situation as a reminder for everyone to be aware of unusually-behaved animals.

  • Never approach a wild animal, especially a raccoon, fox, skunk or bad, especially if behaving oddly or seen in the daylight. These animals are the main carriers of rabies in the eastern U.S.
  • Avoid stray cats and dogs which may also carry rabies. Report any bites or scratches to your physicians or the health department.
  • Vaccinate your dogs, cats and ferretts and keep their vaccinations up to date.
  • Do not feed wild animals or strays. Eliminate outdoor food sources.
  • Keep pets confined to your property or walk them on a leash.

If a wild animal bites or interacts with a domestic animal, you should alert your local health department and animal control and have the domestic animal seen by a veterinarian.

Rabies is transmitted by saliva, and even a trace could transmit the disease from the infected animal to a non-infected person or animal.

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