On Monday, August 8, Fairfax County Animal Protection Police Officers responded to two reports of foxes that have come into contact with humans. The first incident occurred in the 8600 block of Kenilworth Drive, at around 10:33 a.m. An 81-year-old woman was in her front yard when she encountered and was bitten by a fox. She sought medical treatment at a local hospital.
The second incident occurred at around 1:57 p.m. the same day, in the 5600 block of Ventnor Lane, which is in proximity to Kenilworth Drive. An 84-year-old man was mowing the lawn and was confronted and bitten by a fox. He sought medical treatment at a local hospital.
Animal Protection Police searched the area and placed traps at the location to attempt to capture the fox. The fox is still at large.
Animal Protection Police would like to remind residents that it is unknown, at present, whether or not the fox/foxes are rabid, however aggressive tendencies such as those exhibited in these cases are one of the signs of rabies. They would also like to remind residents to keep their dogs on leash when walking in public areas.
Rabies is a disease caused by a virus that can infect both people and animals. People usually get rabies when they are bitten by an animal that is sick with the disease. Protect yourself and your family from rabies: stay away from wild animals and be sure pets are vaccinated against rabies every year.
If bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention right away. In Fairfax County, residents should also immediately report animal bites, as well as sick or injured animals, to Animal Protection Police at 703-691-2131, TTY 703-877-3715.
More information on the rabies virus, exposure prevention tips, and what to do if an animal bites, is available: https://fcpdnews.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-rabies-virus/