Fox In Onslow County Tests Positive For Rabies

From Onslow County Officials:

Onslow County Animal Control received confirmation today from the North Carolina State Lab that a fox that it had submitted for analysis has tested positive for rabies, reported George O’Daniel, Onslow County Health Director. On October 7, 2005, the Coastal Cat Clinic on Doris Avenue reported a sick fox. An employee at the clinic stated that the fox approached her as she was entering the clinic. The employee kicked the fox and it ran into the woods. The fox was gone when Animal Control arrived at the scene. On October 8, 2005, a resident of Estate Drive reported that their dog was in a fight with a fox. The dog was up-to-date on rabies shots. The dog was taken to a veterinarian and given a booster shot. The fox was subsequently located that day on River Street where it bit an individual on the pants leg with no skin penetration. The individual reportedly planned to see a physician for evaluation. The fox was shot and killed by an officer with the Jacksonville Police Department. Animal Control submitted the fox to the State Lab for analysis. On October 11, 2005, the State Lab notified Animal Control that the fox tested positive for rabies. This is the 2nd confirmed case of rabies in Onslow County during 2005. Another fox in the Hargett Street area tested positive in March 2005. Onslow County Health Department urges residents to get their pets vaccinated and to keep their children away from stray or wild animals. State law requires that all cats and dogs four months of age and older be vaccinated against rabies. If you have any questions concerning this information, please contact Onslow County Animal Control at (910) 455-0182.