RALEIGH A fox that bit a woman, chased a female jogger and bit into the shoe of a child in Raleigh this week has tested positive for rabies, police announced Wednesday.
The fox attacks had residents who live just north of downtown on alert until late Tuesday afternoon, when animal control officers captured the animal, Jim Sughrue, a police spokesman, reported.
Hours before officers apprehended the animal, police responded to reports of an aggressive fox biting a woman in the 1400 block of Courtland Drive. The animal also chased a jogger in the same block and later bit the shoe of a child in the 1400 block of Wake Forest Road, Sughrue reported.
Prior to the animal’s capture Tuesday just after 5 p.m., police advised residents who live in the area to stay indoors and call 911 if they saw the animal.
Rabies prevention tips
Wake County health officials provide the following general tips to help minimize rabies risks:
▪ Residents should not approach animals that they do not know.
▪ Residents should ensure their pets have a current rabies vaccination. If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended. Outdoor pets should be kept inside until they receive booster vaccines.
▪ Do not feed stray or unknown animals, including cats and dogs.
▪ Do not leave trash or food outside, unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
▪ If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight.
▪ If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately.