Man Encounters Rabid Fox While On Golf Cart

There is another case of rabies confirmed in Eastern Carolina, this time it's a fox.

Onslow County Health Department says the fox has tested positive for the disease after coming in contact with a person on Sunday.

It happened off 5 Miles Road, that's outside of Richlands. The health department says the man was driving a golf cart in his back yard when he encountered the fox.

This is the second confirmed case of rabies in Onslow County so far this year.

The Carteret County Health Department tells WITN a Newport mother called them Monday to report her four year old daughter and another child had been playing with a live bat. The mom told health officials the kids picked the bat off the ground in their backyard and one of the children may have place it under their shirt.

Animal Control sent the bat off to the State Laboratory of Public Health and received word Tuesday the bat is positive for rabies. Both families of the kids have been contacted and advised to see a doctor. Staff is also circulating flyers in that neighborhood to let residents know about the rabid bat.

There have been only a few rabies cases in humans over the last several years in the US and most of those cases were traced to bats. Bat bites can be difficult to detect so even minor physical contact with a bat is cause for concern.

According to the Health Department rabies is a serious viral infection that is usually fatal but there are shots to prevent the disease in people who have been exposed. Bats, raccoons, foxes and other animals as well as unvaccinated dogs and cats can carry rabies, which is transmitted through saliva and tissue.

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