published Friday, July 26th, 2013

Tests show fox that bit 2 women was rabid

CUMMING, Ga. — Authorities say they’ve confirmed that a fox that bit two people this week in Forsyth County was infected with rabies.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Rainwater said two women, ages 23 and 58, received medical treatment after being bitten in separate incidents Monday near Pilgrim Mill Circle off of Georgia 400 near Exit 16.

Rainwater said the fox bit the 58-year-old woman in the arm while she was gardening and got the 23-year-old on the leg while she was walking. Both were treated and released from Northside Hospital-Forsyth.

Rainwater tells The Times of Gainesville (http://bit.ly/15O1DSR) that test results returned late Wednesday showed the fox had rabies, Rainwater said.

The animal was found and killed Monday night by the Department of Natural Resources.

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