According to the sheriff's office, three people and two dogs have been bitten by foxes in the past week.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Two more rabies cases have been confirmed in New Hanover County this year. The latest incidents involve two foxes near the 17th extension area.
Last Friday a couple was possibly exposed to rabies after handling their dog after a fight involving a fox in the 4000 block of Providence Court. Animal Services Unit was unable to find the fox at that time.
The next day, a man was bitten in his back yard by a fox in the 900 block of Summerlin Falls. The same day another couple was possibly exposed when their dog was in a fight with a fox and they touched the dog after they had separated the two. Once again, ASU was unable to locate the fox in these instances.
ASU located a fox Sunday after it had bitten a woman when she walked out into her garage in the 4000 block of Providence Court. The fox was euthanized and sent to Raleigh for testing, where lab officials confirmed it had rabies.
Monday, another man was exposed to rabies after handing his dog after it was involved in a fight with a fox in the 1500 block of Marblehead Court. The fox was capture, euthanized and sent to Raleigh for testing. Once again, lab officials confirmed the fox had rabies.
According to Animal Control Services, all people who were possibly exposed to the foxes will have to receive proper medical attention for rabies exposure as a precautionary measure.
The sheriff's office suggests people should not approach a fox if they see one. And as a reminder, animals that have a current rabies vaccination at the time of exposure should be re-boostered within five days of exposure.
There have been 15 positive cases in New Hanover County so far in 2012.