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Orange County Woman Bitten By Rabid Fox, Officials Say

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Test results confirm that a fox that bit an Orange County woman was rabid, the Orange County Animal Control said Thursday.

The woman was walking her dogs in the Orange Grove community Wednesday when a fox began fighting with one of them. When she tried to separate the animals, the fox bit her ankle. The woman then picked up the fox by the tail and slung it into a nearby pen where a neighbor later shot and killed the animal.

Orange County Animal Control said reports of aggressive foxes are rare, but that people should keep their distance when any wild or unknown animal approaches them.

Raccoons are the main host of rabies in the area and that animals most susceptible to getting the disease from them are foxes, skunks, cats and dogs, said Interim Animal Control Director Ron Holdway.

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