HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS FOX CONFIRMED WITH RABIES
On Tuesday, October 28, 2019 Animal Control captured and euthanized a fox exhibiting signs and symptoms of rabies in the vicinity of 2100 Maurice River Parkway. On October 30, 2019, the Vineland Health Department received confirmation the fox tested positive for rabies.
Any persons having come in physical contact with the infected fox are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider and receive post-exposure treatment. “We would like homeowners to examine their pets for wounds of unknown origin and anything suspicious is found please see your veterinarian or contact the health department. We are also asking residents in the area to be watchful for any animals exhibiting strange behavior, signs of illness or undue aggression. We suspect a skunk had an altercation with this fox and may have been exposed to rabies. This skunk could infect other animals or humans in the area,” stated Emma Lopez, Assistant Health Officer.
Rabies in humans is rare in the United States. There are usually only one or two human cases per year. But the most common source of human rabies in the United States is from bats. The Vineland Health Department would like to remind residents how serious rabies can be and that it is very important to have pets vaccinated. Rabies is a virus that can infect all species of mammals.
Raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, groundhogs and bats are known to carry the virus and infect other animals. If someone sees an animal acting strangely, they should:
Stay well away from the animal and advise others to do so.
Advise the local authorities immediately by calling Animal Control at 691-4111.
People who may have come in contact with, or had their pets come in contact with, the fox are encouraged to contact the Public Health Communicable Disease Division at (719) 578-3220.
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