Three treated for exposure to rabid fox in Augusta

TOWN OF AUGUSTA — Three residents were recently sent to post exposure treatment after they were exposed to a rabid fox.

A fox attacked and bit a man outside his home Sunday morning, according to an incident filed with Oneida County Health Department. Later that day, it is believed that the same animal involved in the morning incident attacked two people living across the street from the first victim. All three suffered bites. State police responded to the scene and troopers destroyed the animal. It was later tested and found to be rabid.

"This is the fifth confirmed case of animal rabies in Oneida County in 2012, and the fourth involving human contact," said Ken Fanelli, public information officer for the health department. "Already this year we’ve had seven people undergo post exposure treatment for rabies."

All three people involved in the most recent incident are adults and have begun post exposure rabies treatment, Fanelli said.

Health Department officials are urging all county residents to avoid contact with stray or wild animals and urge all pet owners to keep their pets up-to-date on rabies vaccinations. The health department sponsors rabies clinics throughout the year and will vaccinate all dogs, cats and ferrets age three months and older for $10 donation. The next clinic will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at the Boonville Oneida County Fairgrounds.