AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - The Georgia Department of Public Health wants to inform Richmond County residents of a rabid fox found in the area.

According to DPH, a county resident was attacked by a rabid fox as it passed through their yard in the Lake Olmstead area of Augusta. Animal Services responded to the scene and collected the fox and sent it to the Georgia Pub Health Laboratory in Decatur for testing. The test came back positive for rabies.

The Richmond County Health Department Environmental Health Section recommends the following:    

  • Make sure your dogs and cats are currently vaccinated against rabies.
  • Do not let your pets roam free. They are more likely to have contact with a rabid wild animal.
  • Avoid feeding your animals outside. This draws stray and wild animals to your doorstep.
  • Teach your children not to approach wild animals and animals they don't know.

The Richmond County Health Department Environmental Health Section is asking all residents to make sure pets are vaccinated against rabies and to avoid all contact with wild animals.  In addition, report any contact of humans and domestic animals with wild animals to Richmond County Health Department Environmental Health Section office at 706-667-4234 or Augusta Animal Services at 706-790-6836.

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