Rabid fox reported near CNU

Photo courtesy Christopher Newport University.
Photo courtesy Christopher Newport University.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A report of a rabid fox nearby forced officials at Christopher Newport University to warn the campus community Tuesday.

Lori Jacobs with CNU told WAVY.com the University received word of a rabid fox Tuesday morning and sent the following message to the CNU community:

“The University received a report this morning of a rabid fox in a nearby neighborhood. Please be aware of your surroundings. If you encounter a fox, please avoid it and call University Police immediately at 594-7777.”

The Peninsula Health District confirmed a person was bit on Monday near the Mariner’s Museum by a two-foot-tall, brownish-red, bushy-tailed fox.

Residents of the Lakeside neighborhood, and others in the area, are being asked to keep a lookout for the animal for two reasons — safety and to help the victim of the fox attack. The Peninsula Health District says the victim has had to begin receiving shots for preventing rabies, but if the fox is caught and found to not be rabid, the victim could stop treatment.

If you see a fox in the area, please call the Peninsula Health District’s Newport news Environmental Health Office at 757-594-7340, if it is safe to do so. After normal business hours, you can call the Newport News Park Rangers or Newport News Animal Control at 757-247-2500.

Jacobs said there have been no reports of a rabid fox on CNU’s campus.

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