Fox caught in Montgomery city limits positive for rabies - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Fox caught in Montgomery city limits positive for rabies

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Montgomery City Animal Control is setting traps near the area of Oakwood Cemetery after a fox captured there tested positive for rabies.

According to the City of Montgomery the fox was trapped by the Montgomery Police Department Animal Control Bureau on Monday morning. The bureau is setting traps to capture the remaining foxes in that area and cautions the public to avoid any contact with foxes and other wild animals.

According to the Center for Disease Control, rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. Rabies is most commonly spread by the bite of a rabid animal and occurs mostly in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. The disease can be spread to all mammals including household pets and humans.

Any individual who sights or encounters a fox in the city is asked to contact the Animal Control Bureau at 334-241-2970.

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