Burlington health officials promote rabies prevention

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- A rabid fox attack in Burlington Sunday evening marks the second one in the city this summer.

Nathan Ufret says he was in his backyard around 9 p.m. when the fox came after him. The fox has since been captured and put down. Nathan says he's already fully recovered -- that the fox never even broke his skin.

"It just nipped at my pants legs," he said.

Health officials from Burlington want to encourage people to get their pets vaccinated, as a pet can often get rabies unknowingly from a wild animal and then pass it along to their owners. Experts warn that rabies can be fatal in animals and humans if untreated.

"Once an animal or human starts exhibiting signs of rabies, it's pretty much, you know, that their life is going to end pretty soon," said Carl Carroll, the director of Environmental Health for the Alamance County Health Department.

Burlington officials encourage people to attend the Rabies Clinic this Saturday at the Burlington Pet Adoption Center from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rabies shots for all pets are $5.

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