Fox that attacked two women was rabid, test reveals

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A fox that was killed by deputies Monday after it attacked two women in Columbia County tested positive for rabies, according to Columbia County Animal Control Director Linda Fulmer.

The diagnosis, confirmed today by the Georgia public Health Lab in Decatur, Ga., means the women must undergo immediate treatments with rabies vaccine, she said. They have been referred to an area hospital.

The rabid fox, which was killed at one of the victims’ homes on Creekwalk Circle near The Pass, was the eighth confirmed rabies case in the county this year.

“This was the first fox but the eighth rabies case,” Ms. Fulmer said. Other cases included a bat, a coyote and five raccoons.

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