North Adams police kill fox believed to have bitten resident
• The disease is transmitted through saliva, most commonly via a bite.
• If contracted and untreated, rabies will attack the central nervous system and can lead to death within days of the first symptoms appearing.
• To prevent rabies, people are advised to vaccinate pets, not allow them to roam free, and avoid contact with wild animals.
• Keep trash secured so as to not attract animals.
• About 40,000 people annually receive preventative treatments for rabies after contact with a potentially rabid animal in the United States.
Signs of rabies:
• There are few behavioral signs that are telltale of rabies alone. Some animals may appear to be agitated, bite or snap at imaginary and real objects, and drool excessively. Or they may appear tame and seem to have no fear of humans. Other signs, such as the animal appearing excessively drunk or wobbly, circling, seeming partially paralyzed, acting disorientated, or self-mutilating can also be indicative of other diseases like distemper or lead poisoning.
• If you see an animal you suspect is rabid, call the police.
Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; state Department of Agricultural Resources' Rabies Control Program; The Human Society of the United States.
NORTH ADAMS — Henry Bourdon didn't even see the fox until it jumped out of the bushes.
"When the officer approached, it went after the cruiser," said North Adams Police Sgt. James Burdick. "It aggressively approached so it was run over."
"We weren't taking for granted that the one we had is the only one," he said.
- Keep trash secured so as to not attract animals.
- About 40,000 people annually receive preventative treatments for rabies after contact with a potentially rabid animal in the United States.
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