Fox tests positive for rabies after three people attacked in Accomack County

Posted at 10:27 AM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 15:21:30-04

ACCOMACK Co., Va. – Three people were attacked by two aggressive gray foxes on Halloween.

The attack happened near Kerr Street and Market Street in Onancock, the Health Department said. The three people were bitten in two separate incidents.

Both foxes were displaying symptoms associated with the rabies virus. One of the foxes tested positive for the rabies virus but officials said they have no way to confirm whether the foxes brought in for testing were the ones responsible for the attacks.

As a result, the victims are receiving rabies post-exposure prophylaxis that will prevent them from developing the illness that is almost always fatal.

If you are aware of any contact involving people or pets with these foxes contact the Accomack County Health Department immediately.

Also make sure your pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date.

Accomack County Health Department phone numbers:

Daytime Phone Number- 757-787-5886
Evening and Weekends Rabies Hotline – 757-302-4300
Accomack County Sheriff Animal Control- 757-787-1131