Rabid fox captured after attacking animals in Harris County

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 16, 2014 

A fox was captured and tested positive for rabies this week after attacking two domestic animals on Preston Road in Harris County, according to the Columbus Health Department.

The fox attack occurred on Tuesday; the fox was captured and tested on Wednesday.

Harris County citizens are encouraged to contact the health department, animal control or a physician if they or their animals have recently come into contact with a fox in the Cataula, Ga. area.

The Harris County Health Department is distributing flyers to residents in the Preston Road area.

In a release, the health department issued the following precautions:

• HAVE ALL OF YOUR DOGS AND CATS VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES! Do not delay. See your veterinarian.

• Do not pick up or handle any stray dog or cat, or any wild animals.

• Report any bites to County Animal Control and the Health Department.

• Contact Animal Control to report any animals that are behaving strangely or aggressively.

• IF YOUR PET IS BEHAVING STRANGELY OR IS INJURED, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY.

• Teach children about the dangers of stray and wild animals.

• If you are bitten or scratched by any animal please: Wash and rinse the wound thoroughly for several minutes; apply a disinfectant; seek medical attention at once; report the bite to the Health Department AND Animal Control.

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