3 people may have been bitten by rabid fox in Bay Colony area of Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A fox that tested positive for rabies may have bitten three adults in the Bay Colony subdivision of Virginia Beach.

“Obviously rabies is here in our city,” said Virginia Beach Animal Control Supervisor Meghan Conti. “We’re not going to eradicate all the animals that have rabies.”

People living along Willow Drive found that out first hand Saturday.  A fox came out of nowhere, jumped into a golf car and ended up biting three people before running off.

“The following day we received notification that a deceased fox has been located near that area,” Conti added.

That fox tested positive. What officers can’t be positive about is if that fox was the same one involved in the attacks.

“We can’t be 100% sure to say that that is fox,” Conti said. 

Either way, the three victims are being treated as if they were bitten by a rabid fox. 

“We want to make sure the public is aware that there is a risk,” Conti added.

Officers say not all wildlife has rabies, so it’s good to know what to look for.

“If they are stumbling around, if they are foaming from the mouth and if they are attacking inanimate objects those are all behaviors that would be concerning,” Conti said.

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