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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  • by karen Location: jackson nc on Jul 29, 2009 at 08:22 PM
    People really need to take this rabies serious,there are far too many animals that are carrying this disease.The bottom line,vaccinate your pets!!!!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 29, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    I don't know where it is, but that's where tatbaby says he/she is from.
  • by see-more Location: nc on Jul 29, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    MrT, do you know where someplace is, i have never heard of it, is it n NC?
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 29, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    tatbaby didn't play with bats. Too much work to catch them . No, tatbaby played with the roaches, what time tatbaby wasn't eating the lead paint off the wall.Down there in Someplace!
  • by Donna Location: Vanceboro on Jul 29, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    People - these children were four years old. No matter how many times a child is told not to do something, there are still times they are not going to mind. Just be thankful the mother discovered what they were doing and notified the proper authorities, and now they will get treatment if needed.
  • by 4 YEAR OLD... on Jul 29, 2009 at 02:55 AM
    THAT is who, in their "right mind," would play with a bat. My parents taught me from a VERY young age that you don't mess with wildlife, especially wildlife that is supposed to be out at night that is out during the day. It is sad that those children weren't taught that. I do take issue with the picture posted with the wildlife, FYI: opossums cannot TRANSMIT rabies, they can contract it, but they die before they are able to transmit it via saliva to another creature. Bats have always been the number 1 carrier of this disease.
  • by OG HENNY LOC on Jul 28, 2009 at 08:45 PM
    yo dat ghetto
  • by tatbaby Location: Someplace on Jul 28, 2009 at 03:07 PM
    Who in their right mind would even want to play with a bat?
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 28, 2009 at 02:06 PM
    I wonder how a bat comes into contact with Rabies in the first place.Most bats around here eat only insects, which don't carry rabies.I would think it would be hard for other mammals to come into contact with a healthy bat.Maybe drinking from the same water supply that other mammals use?
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