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Authorities: Fox that attacked 5 people, bit 3 was rabid

November 21, 2019 GMT

EAST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a fox that was killed after it attacked five people and tried to attack a police officer has tested positive for rabies.

Glen Ridge police say the first bite attack was reported Friday morning.

As officers from that department and the Bloomfield Animal Control agency searched for the fox, authorities learned two other people had also been bitten.

Officers found the fox about two hours later near the New Jersey Transit railroad tracks. It was euthanized after it attempted to attack one of the officers.

The three bite victims were treated at hospitals for their wounds and haven’t shown any symptoms of rabies. But anyone who had direct contact with a fox in the area from Nov. 14-15 is being urged to seek medical attention as a precaution.