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Woman bitten by rabid fox in Kure Beach

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A rabid fox has bitten a woman in Kure Beach. It happened while she was bird watching near the National Guard Base at Fort Fisher yesterday. This is the second time a human has come in contact with a rabid animal in New Hanover County this year. They immediately sent the fox to the state lab in Raleigh to test its brain tissue for rabies. The test came back positive. Now, New Hanover County Animal Control is sending an officer to the base to brief residents on the situation. They could not release any information about the victim, but post exposure vaccinations are available. Residents on the base say they see foxes all the time. Rabies is a communicable disease, so all rabies victims fall under HIPPA laws. Rabies can be transmitted by a bite from a wild animal like a fox, skunk or raccoon. One of the most distinct signs of rabies infection is a tingling sensation around the area of the bite.

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