Fox Undergoing Rabies Tests

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The health department is now testing a fox caught near the University of Virginia for rabies, but they are not saying it is the same fox that bit several people last week. They caught the fox yesterday and euthanized it this morning in order to perform the tests.

A doctor at the health department says it is unlikely because rabid animals usually die within a few days of full infection. They say they believe the fox from last week was rabid based on its behavior.

Yet the department is planning on testing the fox  to determine if the rabies virus has spread. The animal must be euthanized for the test but officials hope to learn more to better inform the public.

No word on when results of the test will be available.

Reported by Libby Allison and Sharon Gregory