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Fox in College Township Had Rabies

by on July 07, 2017 2:26 PM

A fox that attacked two residents and a dog this week in College Township was confirmed to have had rabies, according to State College Police.

A woman and her dog were bitten by the fox on Tuesday outside of a home on Florence Way and the fox then scratched the woman's husband. A neighbor killed the fox and State College Police turned it over to the Pennsylvania Game Commission to be sent for testing.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health lab confirmed that the fox tested positive for rabies, police said on Friday.

In early June, two foxes were killed and later confirmed to have rabies after they acted aggressively toward house pets and people in Lemont.

Police advised that anyone who observes what they believe to be sick or injured wildlife should contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission at (570) 398-4744. Anyone who is bitten or scratched by any animal should contact the Pennsylvania Health Department at at (814) 865-0932. They should also contact the Game Commission in the case of wild animals.

"It is important that people do not purposefully come in contact with wild animals whether the animal is sick, injured, or apparently healthy unless they are an officer or a wildlife professional," a release said. "Animals, in general, do not pose a threat to human safety. However, there are some illnesses that animals carry that can."



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at geoff.rushton@statecollege.com or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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