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Vail woman attacked by fox, treated for possible exposure of rabies

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TUCSON – A Vail woman was bitten by a fox Wednesday morning while on a path along the Pantano Wash in Rancho del Lago.

After the attack the fox drowned in a golf course pond. Later it was recovered and tested for rabies.

While trying to kick the fox away, the woman was bitten on the calf. She is being treated for possible exposure of rabies.

Statement from Game and Fish in Tucson:

“Avoid contact with and don’t approach wildlife that is behaving abnormally or appears to be ill. If you believe that you see a rabid animal, call us at 1-623-236-7201 or the Pima County Health Department at 520-724-7797 immediately,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson. “In addition, avoid touching any dead wildlife that you may find, and keep your pets away from them as well.”

It is also urged that your pets are vaccinated for rabies regularly and dogs should be on leashed when outside.

There are approximately fifteen people exposed to rabid animals in Arizona annually. Prevention information is available at http://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/rabies/#prevention.

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