Rabid fox attacks 2 people in Thomasville

Fox killed by animal control
Jun. 14, 2013 @ 04:45 PM

A rabid fox attacked two people in Thomasville on June 20.

Following the incident, the individuals — whose names were not released — were referred to their medical provider for follow up and the animal was killed by a Davidson County Animal Control officer.

The incident was the fifth reported case of rabies in Davidson County this year.

"What I know is that these people opened the door and it charged in and bit them. It bit two people," said Darren Cecil, Davidson County environmental health supervisor. "It was found in the National Highway area. There was a fox found toward Joe Moore Road a few weeks ago, but I don't know that it was the same animal."

Cecil offered these precautiions. Do not handle any animal, wild or domestic, with bare hands after it comes in contact with a wild animal. Saliva from the infected animal may be on the creature's fur. Handling the animal could result in exposure to the rabies virus.

Those who spot any stray dogs, cats or wildlife are encouraged to call Davidson County Animal Control at 249-0131.

"Basically, if you see a wild animal, avoid it," Cecil said. "And keep your animals vaccinated. If a situation like this occurs, contact Davidson County Animal Control."

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.