Lenoir County officials want residents in the Meadowbrook area to get tested for rabies if they have recently touched a fox or have been scratched or bitten by a fox, after authorities captured a rabid fox there.
The Lenoir County Health Department (LCHD) received confirmation Wednesday from the North Carolina State Laboratory that a fox that was captured by Animal Control last week has tested positive for rabies.
Last week, a citizen noticed the fox’s erratic behavior and contacted Animal Control officers, who captured the fox.
Officers then canvassed the neighborhood to determine if any people or pets were exposed to the fox, but they did not find anyone in that area who said they were scratched or bitten by a fox.
LCHD Health Director, Pamela Brown, said, “We are relieved that it appears that no people or pets have been exposed to this fox, but we want to remind people that rabies is a deadly disease for both people and animals. We urge people to let the Health Department, the hospital, or their doctor know if they have been scratched or bitten by or have handled an animal that could be rabid.”
Health officials urge everyone to vaccinate their pets for rabies and keep them away from stray or wild animals.
Anyone who has questions or concerns about rabies should call the Lenoir County Health Department at 252-526-4200.