A fox that recently attacked a person in Jackson County has tested positive for rabies, according to health officials.
The Jackson County Health Department confirmed Thursday that test results from the Department of Health Tampa Branch lab returned a positive test for the fox, which attacked a person in Bascom on Hummingbird Road Tuesday.
The fox was eventually killed by the resident.
T.G. Harkrider, Environmental Health Director at FDOH Jackson urged anyone having knowledge of bites or other exposure from a suspected rabid animal to humans or to domestic animals to immediately contact the Health Department at 850-482-9227 during normal working hours. Additionally, an answering service is available to relay information for assistance after hours and on weekends concerning animal bites and other exposure at 850-526-2412.
“An intact brain is needed to determine if the animal is rabid. If you shoot them in the head and destroy the brain, we have to assume the animal was rabid. Without negative lab results, treatment to the victim has to begin,” Harkrider said in a prepared release.