Rabid fox attack in Richmond County, health department issues wild animal warning

RICHMOND COUNTY, Georgia (WJBF) – A resident of Richmond County was attacked by a rabid fox.

According to the Richmond County Health Department, the incident happened on June 9 in the Lake Olmstead area.

According to officials, the fox was crossing the victim’s yard and after the victim was bitten, Augusta Animal Services was called to the scene and retrieved the animal.

Officials with the Richmond County Health Department’s Environmental Health Section said they were notified and sent the fox to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory in Decatur, Georgia, and test results confirmed the fox. fox was positive for rabies.

Officials say they are currently warning area residents to avoid contact with wild animals.

The Environmental Health Section of the Richmond County Health Department recommends the following:

  • Make sure your dogs and cats are currently vaccinated against rabies.
  • Don’t let your pets loose. They are more likely to come into contact with a rabid wild animal.
  • Avoid feeding your animals outdoors. This attracts stray and wild animals to your doorstep.
  • Teach your children to stay away from wild animals and animals they don’t know.

The Richmond County Health Department’s Environmental Health Section is also asking all residents to ensure pets are vaccinated against rabies and to avoid contact with wild animals.

Please report all human and pet contact with wildlife to the Richmond County Health Department Environmental Health Section office at 706-667-4234 or Augusta Animal Services at 706-790- 6836.