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Fox bites homeowner in New Mexico, tests positive for rabies

January 29, 2019

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health says a fox that bit a Las Vegas homeowner has tested positive for rabies.

State Game and Fish authorities responded to a call last Saturday from the homeowner who believed the fox was starving when she attempted to feed it.

The homeowner offered the fox a bowl of dog food when it bit her on the wrist and hand.

A Game and Fish conservation officer was able to locate the fox and noticed it was exhibiting abnormal behaviors consistent with rabies.

The officer first attempted to capture the fox but after it became aggressive, he euthanized it.

Game and Fish submitted the fox for testing to the state’s Scientific Laboratory Division and results came back positive for rabies on Monday.

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