Fox with rabies attacks three people, including children, in Lexington


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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A rabid fox attacked at least three people before someone shot it in Lexington, according to the Davison County Health Department.

At about 8 a.m. Friday, two children were waiting to get picking up for school at a bus stop at the American Children’s Home when the fox came out of the woods and tried to bite them.

The fox punctured into one of the victim’s shoes and the other child’s backpack was torn up. The attack did not break the skin.

The house parents brought the kids inside and called 911.

After, the fox ran off and bit another person. It was then shot and killed.

The bite victim was referred to a medical provider for a follow-up.

The health department says this is the fifth case of rabies in Davidson County this year.

The county warns the public not to handle animals with bare hands after it has had contact with wild animals, and that people can be exposed to rabies through saliva in an animal’s fur.

The Davidson County Health Department asks anyone who sees stray dogs, cats or wildlife in their neighborhood to call Animal Control at (336) 249-0131.


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