Authorities: Fox That Attacked Lakewood Girl Had Rabies


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foxnAuthorities say a fox that attacked a young New Jersey girl last weekend has tested positive for rabies.

Ocean County health officials say that the state Public Health Environmental and Agricultural Laboratory performed the tests on the fox and released them to county officials on Tuesday.

The four-year-old girl suffered scratches on her arm, leg and lip in Saturday’s attack, which occurred at a home in Lakewood. She will receive a rabies-prevention treatment for 14 days and officials will closely monitor her condition.

The fox hid under a deck after attacking the girl and it later tried to attack police officers. An officer then shot the fox to death.

The child’s name has not been released.



  1. She is very fortunate that the rabies treatment is well tested, has a very low risk and has an almost 100 percent track record of effectiveness.