Preserving Vegas

A gray fox looks on while resting in an air-conditioned enclosure at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Wednesday, July 25, 2007.

A gray fox found in the Northwoods Mobile Home Park in Albemarle County on June 7 has tested positive for rabies.

People or animals who were bitten, scratched or exposed to the fox’s saliva around June 7 near the mobile home park should seek care immediately, according to The Thomas Jefferson Health District.

Rabies is 100% fatal once symptoms — which include irritability, aggressiveness, foaming at the mouth, confusion and weakness or paralysis — occur. Symptoms can be prevented, however, if treatment begins immediately after exposure.

In addition to pet vaccinations, the health department encourages members of the public to avoid contact with wild animals, report strays to animal control agencies and keep pets confined on property or by leash.

For more information, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/animal-contact-human-health or call the Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department at (434) 972-6219.

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