New York officials report six rabies-infected fox bites in one night 2023

At least six individuals were bitten by a rabid fox in western New York on Friday night, according to police and health officials.

The attacks occurred near residences in Brighton, a town 4 miles southeast of Rochester, according to a news release from the Monroe County Department of Public Health. The fox was ultimately slain before it could be tested for rabies, according to officials. The results were positive for rabies, which can “lead to the death of infected humans or animals if left untreated,” according to health officials.

According to the release, those who did not come into physical contact with the fox are not at risk. Anyone who had physical contact with the fox in Brighton is urged to contact the county’s Rabies Control Program at (585) 753-5171. SIGNS AN ANIMAL MAY HAVE RABIES According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is impossible to determine if an animal has rabies without scientific testing. However, there are some warning indications that may indicate an animal’s rabies infection.

According to the CDC, these are the symptoms:

  • Aggressiveness
  • endeavors to chew
  • drooling Problems with ingesting
  • Appearing more subdued than usual
  • Issues relocating
  • The presence of a bat on the earth.

Dr. Karsten Hueffer told Medical News Today that rabies can “reprogram” an animal’s nervous system, causing it to become less apprehensive and more aggressive.

Some animals with rabies may appear healthy, so the CDC advises against approaching or feeding untamed animals. Vaccinating pets, such as dogs and cats, is another method to prevent rabies, according to Monroe County health officials.

Human instances of rabies are uncommon in the United States, according to the CDC. Annually, one to three cases are reported. According to the agency, bats, foxes, raccoons, and skunks are most likely to carry rabies.

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