Two foxes caught in Northside Park exhibit rabies symptoms

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 10:41 AM

NORFOLK -- Two foxes have been captured in the Northside Park community in Norfolk over the last two weeks that have exhibited neurological symptoms similar to rabies, officials said Wednesday.

However, since there were no animal or human exposures, the animals were not tested for the disease. 

Officials say a fox captured in that same area in May did test positive for rabies. 

Health Officials warn residents to be aware and stay alert and recommend the following precautions:

  • Warn adults and children not to approach or feed animals not belonging to them and to report any animal bites or scratches.
  • Do not handle or touch stray or wild animals.
  • Be sure dogs and cats are up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • Keep pets confined to the home and yard.
  • Keep yards free of food that could attract wild animals.
  • Report stray or unvaccinated animals to Animal Control at 757-664-7387.
  • Report all animal or human exposures to the Norfolk Department of Public Health at 757-683-2712.

On September 27, 2014,the Norfolk Health Department will be conducting a rabies vaccination clinic from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot at its main Public Health Center, 830 Southampton Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510.

The cost of vaccination is $5.00 for dogs and cats. A previous rabies certificate is required for animals to be eligible to receive the 3-year vaccine.  In the absence of a rabies certificate, a 1-year vaccine will be administered.  All animals must be at least 16 weeks of age and cats must be in carriers and dogs on leashes.

For further information, please contact the Environmental Health Division of the Norfolk Department of Public Health, at 757-683-2712.
 

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