Rabid fox bites runner in South Raleigh

From staff reportsMarch 16, 2013 

— Wake County health officials on Saturday warned residents of South Raleigh to be cautious, after a runner was bit by a rabid fox earlier in the week.

The runner was attacked on Wednesday in the 2100 block of Harrison Avenue, and is being treated with a series of vaccinations to prevent contracting rabies.

The fox was captured and tested by the state lab in Raleigh and confirmed to have rabies, according to officials.

“We don’t want to alarm residents in South Raleigh, but they should be aware of this case and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets,” said Sue Lynn Ledford, community health director. “If you see wildlife acting unusually, including coming close to human areas, keep your distance and contact animal control.”

Officials also advised pet owners to make sure their vaccinations are up to date, to help prevent spreading the disease.

To report strays or animals acting unusually, call: in Raleigh, 919-831-6311; Cary, 919-319-4517; Garner, 919-772-8896; Holly Springs, 919-557-9111; the rest of Wake County, 919-856-6911.

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