updated - fox pg 8 3-28-24

Fox in Church Street Area was Rabid


PUTNAM --- Putnam Police Department officials said that the aggressive fox that was in the area of Church and Cleveland streets and the surrounding area was captured and euthanized tested positive for rabies.

Anyone who had direct contact with the fox should seek immediate medical and/or veterinary attention.

The fox had been aggressive toward people and animals.

March 26 the Northeast District Department of Health (NDDH) notified police that the fox tested positive for rabies.

Anyone who may have been in contact with this fox or had animals in direct contact with this fox should seek immediate medical and/or veterinary attention and let a medical professional evaluate the level of exposure.

The public is reminded to refrain from feeding or approaching any wild animals.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including people. It is spread mostly by wild animals, including foxes. The rabies virus lives in the saliva and brain tissue of infected animals. NDDH said rabies can be spread by scratches from infected animals or when infected saliva comes into contact with open wounds, breaks in the skin or mucous membranes, such as the eyes, nose, or mouth. NDDH said that it is very important that anyone who may have come into contact with the fox consult with their medical provider on whether they need to seek further medical attention.  Also, residents with animals need to make sure the rabies vaccinations are up to date.

Anyone with further questions or concerns may contact NDDH at (860)774-7350.


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