A fox captured in southwestern Shenandoah County on Sunday has tested positive for rabies, the Lord Fairfax Health District announced on Thursday.
This is the fifth report of rabies in the county since mid-April and at least the 16th report of rabies in the region so far this year.
The fox, found in the vicinity of South Middle Road, was reported as appearing ill and later tested positive for rabies.
“At this time, we are not aware of any contact between this fox and any people or animals,” Health Director Dr. Colin Greene said in a news release. “However should any person or domestic animal have come in contact with a fox in that area, at any time in the last two weeks, they should receive a medical evaluation immediately.
“In reality, any contact with a fox is dangerous, but this one is especially so.”
The Lord Fairfax Health District, part of the Virginia Department of Health, covers the city of Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren.
For more information, call the Shenandoah County Health Department at 540-459-3733 or visit www.vdh.virginia.gov/lord-fairfax. Additional information on rabies is available from the Virginia Department of Health at www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/rabies-control.