Rabid fox prompts a warning

May 25, 2007|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Reporter

The discovery of a rabid fox this week in North Baltimore's Cedarcroft neighborhood has prompted a warning from the city Health Department.

Robert Anderson, director of the city Department of Animal Control, said the fox was found dead Wednesday behind a garage in the 300 block of Cedarcroft Road - in a neighborhood at the border with Baltimore County.

A sample of the animal's brain tissue was examined at the state laboratory in Baltimore, and "the exam proved positive for rabies," Anderson said.

The cause of the fox's death had not been determined. "It could have died from rabies, some other disease or [been] hit by a vehicle," Anderson said.

He said four rabid animals have been confirmed in the city this year - the fox, a raccoon and two bats - but that there are no reports of people being bitten by such diseased animals.

"On the average, about a dozen such rabid animals are found dead or alive in the city each year," he said.

Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, the city's health commissioner, said anyone observing an animal behaving in an unusual way should notifiy animal contol immediately.

"Don't attempt to capture the animal," Sharfstein warned.

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