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Fox Attack Triggers Frederick County Rabies Alert

26 May 2019 Frederick County News


A fox attack in Frederick County has triggered a rabies alert from the Lord Fairfax Health District.

The LFHD notified the public Friday (5/24/2019) that on May 19, a fox attacked a person in the vicinity of Woodfield Lane, southwest of the Round Hill community, without provocation. The fox died shortly afterwards, and subsequent testing revealed that it had rabies. Health District Director Colin Green is advising that, while the fox no longer poses a threat, any people or domestic animals that came in contact with a fox in the Round Hill area between May 9 and May 19 should receive a medical evaluation immediately. Rabies is 100% fatal once symptoms set in, but can be prevented in humans with a vaccine and medication soon after exposure.

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