Kent Residents On Alert After Fox Tests Positive for Rabies
A fox that reportedly attacked people and dogs in Kent, CT last week has tested positive for rabies. Now officials in Kent warn residence to be alert when outside in that area.
The fox in question was put down shortly after the attacks so now officials are concerned that other wildlife in the Kent area may have had contact with the infected fox, of course possibly having been infected as well.
Basically, if you see a wild animal that is acting abnormally, or a nocturnal animal that is out during the day, you should immediately call the DEEP Wildlife 24-hour emergency line at 860-524-3333. Of course, if you are in immediate danger of being attacked, call 911.
Rabies is a fatal viral disease primarily found in bats and wild carnivores, such as raccoons, skunks, and foxes. It can also infect cats, dogs, and livestock that have not been vaccinated.
If you see an animal displaying any of these characteristics, like unprovoked aggression, impaired movement, difficulty walking, or unusual vocalizations, make sure you alert the authorities. It may not be rabies, but it's better to err on the side of caution.
If for some reason you come in contact with an infected animal and are bitten, scratched, or think you have been exposed to rabies, wash the exposed area thoroughly with soap and warm water and contact your doctor or emergency clinic immediately.