MOREHEAD CITY — The County Health Department confirmed Friday that a fox caught and euthanized Thursday near Beaufort had rabies.

In a press release issued Friday, health department officials stated county sheriff’s deputies and animal control officers responded to a call Thursday involving a potentially rabid fox in the vicinity of Golden Farm Road east of Beaufort.

The fox was euthanized and the specimen was submitted to the State Public Health Lab for rabies testing. Results were received Friday, verifying the fox was positive for rabies.

“Members of the public noticing wildlife exhibiting abnormal behavior should contact Carteret County Animal Control immediately,” animal control officer Tommy Bell said. “County residents should be aware of wildlife and should not leave food out that will attract animals. We want everyone to know that rabies can be present in wildlife, so it’s important to keep your pets up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.”

To report wildlife displaying abnormal behavior, contact animal control at 252-728-8585 or call 911. For more information on rabies and how to prevent exposure to rabies, visit epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/rabies/control.html.

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