Rabid Fox confirmed in Onslow County, officials say


On Wednesday, the Onslow County Animal Services received confirmation from the North Carolina State Laboratory that a fox, seized in Onslow County, tested positive for rabies.

The Onslow County Animal Services was contacted on Sunday regarding a fox in the Wilson Bay Park area.

Animal Control officers were able to capture the animal without incident.

The fox was sent to the state lab for testing and was confirmed positive for rabies, officials said.

There was no known exposure to humans or animals. 

The Onslow County Health Department (OCHD) and Animal Services stress that prevention is key in keeping our pets and community safe.

It is important to report bites from any known and unknown animals.

If you are bitten or scratched by a wild animal or any animal that may not be vaccinated, please consult your doctor.

Howard Martin, Animal Services Director, advises residents to vaccinate their pets, keep children and pets away from stray or wild animals, and report any unusual animal behavior to Animal Services.

Onslow County Animal Services offers a Rabies Clinic every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon to 5:00 pm at the shelter facility at 244 Georgetown Road in Jacksonville.

No appointment is necessary.

The cost of the vaccine is $10 per pet. 

For more information on vaccinating your pets against rabies, please contact Onslow County Animal Services at 910-455-0182 or your veterinarian. 

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