Fox bites man; officials warn of rabies

Published On: Aug 16 2013 02:18:32 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 16 2013 02:19:22 PM EDT
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GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. -

Glynn County Health Department officials are encouraging residents to be aware of unusual behavior in wildlife after a man was bitten and scratched by a fox Thursday while at a house on Dolphin Street in Brunswick.

The fox has not been located, so it is not known whether or not the animal is rabid; however, it did show unprovoked aggression toward the resident, which is one of the signs of rabies in an animal, officials said.

They said the man is undergoing post-exposure treatment for rabies as a precaution.

Rabies is a potentially deadly virus that is primarily spread by infected animals. Residents should avoid contact with wild or stray animals, watch for unusual behavior in pets and wildlife, and get pets vaccinated against rabies.

Symptoms of rabies in animals include a change in behavior, biting, aggression, showing no fear of natural enemies (such as humans), foaming at the mouth, and paralysis.

If an animal ever bites you, seek medical care immediately and contact Glynn County Animal Control at 912-554-7500 and the Glynn County Health Department Environmental Health Division at 912-279-2940.