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Fox captured in Chapel Hill tests positive for rabies

Posted March 21, 2013

— A fox killed Wednesday after it tried to attack a car in Chapel Hill's Dogwood Acres neighborhood has tested positive for rabies, Orange County Animal Services said Thursday.

Authorities said that, although they cannot say for certain, they believe it is the same animal that attacked two people in the area Tuesday.

"No additional reports have been made by the public about sightings since the impoundment," Animal Services said in a news release. "People are still urged to exercise precaution until several days have passed without a sighting."

Tuesday's attacks happened in Dogwood Acres as well as Southern Village. Both victims are seeking medical treatment, authorities said.

Animal Services is urging anyone else who might have been in contact with a fox and has not reported it to contact immediately the Orange County Health Department at 919-245-2343.

The agency is also reminding pet owners to keep their animals updated on their rabies vaccinations and to report any contact a pet might have with a wild animal.

Any unvaccinated dog or cat that is suspected of having contact with a rabid animal must be quarantined for six months or destroyed.


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