Fox that went after dogs tests positive for rabies

Posted By elaine on June 14, 2010

A fox that reportedly was charging dogs in El Paso County had rabies.

This is the second fox to test positive for rabies in the county, this one was in the Woodmoor neighborhood in the Monument according to the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment.

As of June 8th , 57 animals in Colorado have tested positive for rabies. Statewide totals do not yet include the latest fox in El Paso County.

The fox was tested after Division of Wildlife (DOW) officers responded to a call regarding a fox charging two dogs and then not running away when approached by a person. The fox had died when the DOW officers arrived.

“The good news in this case was that no people came into contact with this rabid fox, and both pets that were potentially exposed to the fox were protected with up-to-date rabies vaccination,” said Kandi Buckland, R.N., M.P.A., executive director of the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment. “It is critical that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Un-or-undervaccinated dogs and cats that are exposed to rabies have an extremely high chance of getting infected and dying from the disease. These pets also pose a tremendous risk to humans because they can bring rabies into the home,” Buckland added.

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