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Fox tests positive for rabies in Newport News neighborhood

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Posted at 5:08 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 17:08:15-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Peninsula Health District said Thursday that a fox found in the 700 block of Industrial Park Drive tested positive for the rabies virus.

If you or someone you know has any information on exposure to this animal, whether by bite, scratch or contact with saliva by open wound or eyes, nose or mouth, call the Environmental Health office of the PDH at (757) 594-7340. Exposures also include direct contact between a pet and the fox.

Rabies is a fatal, but preventable, disease that is carried by mammals and has been in the wild animal population on the Peninsula since the mid 1980s.

The PDH's local office of environmental health services will be contacting the immediate neighbors as well as any civic or homeowner’s association that serves the community.