Asheboro, NC-- More and more rabies cases are being linked to foxes. Randolph County Health Officials are reporting that in the past week two foxes were captured in separate areas of the county. Both foxes tested positive for rabies.
Animal Control officers captured the first fox on Timberlane Road in Asheboro and the second was found on Hwy 134.
"We are advising residents to keep an eye out for wildlife behaving abnormally" said MiMi Cooper, Randolph County Health Director. "Rabies can cause animals to be combative, but foxes particularly show increased signs of aggression after contracting rabies."
As always, health officials offer these warnings for dealing with a animal that could be rabid: do not approach wild animals. Contact Animal Control if you see wildlife behaving in an unusual manner such as walking with a stagger, coming toward you when they would normally run from people, or excessively salivating.
Rabies is a very dangerous disease that if not prevented causes death in animals and people. The Health Department advises pet owners to make sure their pet's rabies vaccines are current. First rabies shots are good for one year and subsequent shots are good for three years.