Carteret County has seen its first case of rabies for 2007 after a rapid fox was found near Beaufort.
The county health department says a Beaufort area man spotted the fox Monday night. He followed it into his garage and the fox tried to bite his foot. Fortunately his heavy boots protected him from being bitten.
The man got a gun and killed the animal.
Tests done at the state lab in Raleigh confirm the fox had rabies.
North Carolina law requires all domestic pets be vaccinated against rabies on a regular schedule.
Rabies is a life-threatening viral disease passed by contact with the saliva of an infected animal. The virus can enter through an open wound or through the tissue of the eyes, nose or mouth.