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Health Department: Pets attacked by fox carrying rabies in Harris County

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CATAULA, Ga. - The Harris County Health Department is advising the public to have their pets tested for rabies if their animals came in contact with a fox near Cataula. That fox has tested positive for rabies.

On Wednesday, officials captured the fox and it tested positive for rabies, according to Pamela Fair of the West Central Health District. The fox was tested after attacking two pets on Preston Road in Harris County.

Resident living in this area are strongly advised to:
  • Have their dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies.
  • Not pickup stray animals or wild life.
  • Report any bites to animal control and heal department officials.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet is behaving strangely.
  • Teach children about the dangers of wild animals

Health department officials advise anyone who is bitten or scratched by any animal to:
  • Wash and rinse the wound thoroughly for several minutes.
  • Apply a disinfectant.
  • Seek medical attention at once.
  • Report the bite to the health department and animal control.

The Harris County Health Department is distributing flyers to residents along Preston Road to alert them to the danger.

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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