TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) - Two people were bitten by a fox in Tallassee, State Health Veterinarian Dr. Dee W. Jones confirmed.
Jones said the Tallassee Police Department is still searching for the fox. The two people bitten by the wild animal have gotten rabies shots as a precaution.
Even though the fox hasn't been found yet to test for rabies, Jones said the protocol is to assume the animal would test positive for the disease and treat the victims accordingly.
This fox attack was the first of two in less than a week as a Slocomb man was attacked in his yard Wednesday. That fox was eventually shot and killed. Jones said results of rabies tests in that case should be back Friday.
Jones also said this summer has seen a curious rise of rabid fox attacks in the state. According to a map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the strain of rabies common to the Southeastern region of the country is raccoon-based, but cross-species transmission can happen.
If you or someone you know is bitten by a wild animal, Jones recommends said it's always best to see your physician and receive a rabies shot out of caution.