'Unusual' outbreak hits Stanhope: Four foxes test positive for rabies
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‘Unusual’ outbreak hits Stanhope: Four foxes test positive for rabies

‘Unusual’ outbreak hits Stanhope: Four foxes test positive for rabies

By Joe Moszczynski/The Star-Ledger on September 11, 2013

STANHOPE — Four foxes have tested positive for rabies in Stanhope, an unusual occurrence that has prompted health officials to urge residents to get their pets vaccinated immediately. The rabies-infected animals were among five foxes destroyed by police and tested after they had charged two police officers and people walking their dogs in the vicinity of Lake Musconetcong.

fox.jpegA fox wearily eyes the camera while out for a walk in this file photo.

One woman was bitten on both ankles and her dog was also bitten by a fox today on Musconetcong Road. Her dog was one of two that bitten last week, police said. “This is unusual, four out of five is unusual. It’s an anomaly” Sussex County health administrator Herb Yardley said. “People need to have their animals vaccinated for rabies. Even pets that don’t go outdoors. If they get out just once, they could be exposed,” said Yardley, speculating that a single den of foxes could have been exposed in Stanhope after one of its members became rabid. Ralph D’Aries, chief of the rabies program at the county Department of Environmental and Public Health Services, said the woman who was bitten is undergoing treatment for her injuries and the dogs, who had been vaccinated, are being quarantined for 45 days as a precautionary measure. Another person was bitten on a shoe and another man was bitten on the back of his jeans, police said.

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