Tuesday, July 10, 2018

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies (39): Americas (USA) fox, human exposure, susp

RABIES (39): AMERICAS (USA) FOX, HUMAN EXPOSURE, SUSPECTED
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Date: Mon 9 Jul 2018
Source: Fox TV [edited]
<http://www.fox10tv.com/story/38596386/man-bitten-by-fox-while-sitting-on-his-porch-in-robertsdale>


According to Police, a man was bitten by a fox [Sun 8 Jul 2018] in
Robertsdale. Officers were called to a home on Mattingly Street around
1 pm. The victim said he was sitting on his porch when a fox bit his
foot. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

About 2 hours later, police were called to East Chicago Street where a
group of people said a fox was charging at them. Officers were able to
capture the fox. It will be tested for rabies tomorrow.

Robertsdale Police Department posted the following statement on its
Facebook page: "The Robertsdale Police Department urges citizens to
report any animals which are behaving in a manner which raises alarm.
If any wild animal approaches a person, that person should take
protective measures and leave the area, or seek shelter if the animal
is aggressive, and notify the City."

The incident is the latest in a series of fox attacks in Baldwin
County. The first 2 attacks occurred at the Rock Creek golf course in
Fairhope in May [2018]. A golfer and grounds crew member were bitten
by the fox. That animal was killed and tested positive for rabies.

The next 2 attacks were reported in Spanish Fort Estates. In one
attack, a fox bit a man while he was working in his yard. The next
victim was a Jack Russell Terrier who was attacked in her owner's
backyard.

And in June [2018], a wildlife trapper was bitten by a rabid fox as he
attempted to catch the animal in Fairhope. The man was wearing
protective boots and was not injured.

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[If confirmed, this is the 6th case of fox rabies in Balwin County in
the past few months. For a map of wildlife rabies in the US, go to:
<https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/location/usa/surveillance/wild_animals.html>.

Baldwin County is the largest county in Alabama by area and is located
on the eastern side of Mobile Bay. Part of its western border with
Mobile County is formed by the Spanish River, a brackish distributary
river. See, Wikipedia:
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_County,_Alabama>.

There is a plethora of recent rabies reports:
<https://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2018/07/2_people_attacked_by_foxes_in.html>
Slocomb, Geneva County:
<https://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2018/07/geneva_county_man_attacked_by.html>

It would be very wise if dog and cat owners, especially in SE Alabama,
checked the rabies vaccination status of their domestic pets. Ditto
clinical veterinarians and wildlife officers. It won't be long before
you yourself are exposed. - Mod.MHJ

HealthMap/ProMED map available at:
Baldwin County, Alabama, United States:
<http://healthmap.org/promed/p/1175>]

[See Also:
Rabies (38): Americas (USA) deer, fox, skunk
http://promedmail.org/post/20180709.5895236
Rabies (21): Americas (USA) raccoon, fox, coyote, goat, human exp
http://promedmail.org/post/20180502.5779549
Rabies (19): Americas (USA) fox, human exposure
http://promedmail.org/post/20180416.5750086
Rabies (18): Americas (USA) fox, human exposure
http://promedmail.org/post/20180413.5745750
Rabies (10): Americas (USA) fox, susp, human exposure
http://promedmail.org/post/20180215.5630732
Rabies (05): Americas (USA) fox, susp., human exposure
http://promedmail.org/post/20180112.5556138
2016
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Rabies - Americas (43): USA (NY) fox, human exposure
http://promedmail.org/post/20161230.4733366
Rabies - Americas (09): USA (SC) fox, canine, human exposure
http://promedmail.org/post/20160414.4160179
Rabies - Americas (05): USA (VA) raccoon, fox, human exposure
http://promedmail.org/post/20160312.4088493
2015
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Rabies - USA (37): (NC) fox, human exposure, APHIS meeting
http://promedmail.org/post/20151003.3687790
Rabies - USA (31): (SC) fox, human exposure
http://promedmail.org/post/20150917.3652755
Rabies - USA (21): (KS) fox, human exposure
http://promedmail.org/post/20150703.3482990
Rabies - USA (18): (FL) fox, human exposure
http://promedmail.org/post/20150622.3456969
Rabies - USA (12): (NM) fox, human exp, new bat strain virus
http://promedmail.org/post/20150521.3376189
Rabies - USA (11): (SC) fox, human exposure
http://promedmail.org/post/20150515.3363420
Rabies - USA (06): (VA) fox, canine exposure
http://promedmail.org/post/20150306.3211053
and more]
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