Suspected Rabid Fox On The Loose in Tioga County

By WBNG News

Suspected Rabid Fox On The Loose in Tioga County

November 28, 2012 Updated Nov 28, 2012 at 2:44 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The Tioga County Health Department said Wednesday that a suspected rabid fox is on the loose.

According to a news release from the Tioga County Health Department:

The incident occurred yesterday in Tioga Center, where a Fox attacked a man and woman in their driveway who were exiting their vehicle. 

Although neither the man nor woman suffered any severe injuries, they both were bitten and the Fox escaped. 

In order to determine if the Fox has Rabies, we need to test the actual carcus of the Fox. However due to its erratic behavior it’s highly probable that the Fox would test positive for Rabies.  The man and woman will receive the proper Rabies treatment series.

Rabies is a zoonotic disease (a disease that is transmitted to humans from animals) that is caused by a virus. The disease infects domestic and wild animals, and is spread to people through close contact with infected saliva via bites or scratches.  People are infected following a deep bite or scratch by an infected animal.  Dogs are the main host and transmitter of rabies. Bats are the source of most human rabies deaths in the United States of America and Canada. Human deaths following exposure to foxes, raccoons, skunks, jackals, mongooses and other wild carnivore host species are very rare.

The Tioga Center School District has been notified and is taking proper precautions, such as limiting recess and watching students more closely when outside.  In addition, we are working closely with the Tioga County Sheriff’s