Rabies Alert: Jefferson County Gray Fox Tests Positive for Rabies

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa. – A rabies alert was issued on April 11, 2013, by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. A Jefferson County gray fox tested positive for rabies.

Location – Woodbury Road, Washington Township, Jefferson County

Summary – A man found a gray fox lying on his patio. The fox was unafraid of people and was aggressive. It would not allow the man to come out of his home. His son killed the gray fox and submitted it to the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg, PA where it tested positive for rabies.

Exposure – Two people were exposed to this gray fox and are receiving post exposure prophylaxis. No known animals were exposed to this gray fox.

Rabies Law – Pennsylvania law requires all dogs and non-feral cats three months of age and older to be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity. Failure to comply with the law may result in a fine of up to $300.

For more information, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and search “rabies.”

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