Animal Control officers say a red fox attacked someone in Botetourt County.
The attack happened July 2nd on Mt. Pleasant Church Road. One person said they were bitten by the fox before it ran into the woods.
There is no word on whether the fox had rabies.
Here is the full press release:
RED FOX BITE IN BOTETOURT COUNTY
(FINCASTLE, Va.) –
On Saturday, July 2, 2011 Botetourt County Animal Control received a report that a red fox ran into a yard on Mt. Pleasant Church Rd. in Botetourt County, attacked and bit a person, then ran into the woods and has not been seen since. There are no additional reported incidents of direct contact with this fox by humans or domestic animals at this time.
“Since the fox was not captured and tested for rabies, it is impossible to know if it was rabid,” said Stephanie Harper, M.D., director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts. “But based on the animal’s behavior, and the fact that rabies is endemic in wildlife throughout Virginia, we must recognize rabies as a possibility and take appropriate precautions. It’s very important that we locate this fox if possible, to determine whether this person was exposed. And we need to know if there are other potential exposures to people or domestic animals.”
The Virginia Depar tment of Health and the Botetourt County Animal Control ask that anyone who knows of any suspected contact between this fox and any person or domestic animal contact them immediately. Call the Virginia Department of Health in Fincastle at 540-473-8240, ext. 125, or Botetourt County Animal Control at 540-473-8631.