Source: AP - AP Wire Service
May 21 18:25
LISBON, Maine (AP) _ A Maine woman was attacked and injured by a rabid fox while sitting in her yard, officials said.
A 76-year-old woman was injured after a fox bit her on her legs and hand in front of her Lisbon home Tuesday, the Sun Journal reported.
Lisbon Police Chief Marc Hagan said the woman's husband heard her cries for help from the porch and worked with her to get control of the fox and eventually kill it.
The woman, who didn't want to be identified, was taken to a hospital to receive treatment, which includes rabies vaccination.
Animal control was called and took the dead fox to the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention in Augusta for analysis, where the animal tested positive for rabies, Hagan said.
The attack comes months after a report of a rabid fox biting a 6-year-old girl on the back of her leg in the town of Bath, nearly 20 miles away.
Hagan said Tuesday's incident is the first reported attack involving a rabid fox in the Lisbon area.
Bath, a city of 8,000 people on the Kennebec River, had 16 animals test positive for rabies in 2019, according to the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
There were also 18 fox attacks on people and pets, and 11 of the attacks resulted in a person being bitten or scratched, the department said.
The large numbers pushed the state to propose a ``focused, localized trapping effort'' in February to counter the problem.
The Maine wildlife department said simply trapping and testing the animals won't work because the rabies test requires brain tissue. It's urging residents to vaccinate pets and livestock and stay away from wild animals.
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