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Rabid fox found in Camden County
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CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. -- The Camden County Health Department is urging residents to take caution after a person in northern Camden County was exposed to a rabid fox.

The encounter with the rabid fox happened near Waverly and close to the Glynn County line. The Camden resident exposed is undergoing preventive treatment.

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The health department said no animals in Glynn County have tested positive for rabies. Residents are urged to be cautious of wild animals, especially if they are acting unusually aggressive or exhibit other strange behaviors.

The health department offered the following tips to prevent rabies:

  • Avoid contact with animals you don't know.
  • Get vaccinated if you work in a high-risk occupation.
  • Make sure your pets receive the proper immunizations. Dogs and cats should get rabies vaccines by 4 months of age, followed by a booster shot 1 year later, and another one every 1 or 3 years, depending on the type of vaccine used.
  • Do not handle, feed or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or by leaving pet food out overnight.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick animals to health. Call animal control or a properly licensed animal rescue agency for assistance.
  • Teach children to never handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. "Love your own, leave other animals alone," is a good principle for children to learn.

If an animal ever bites you, seek medical care immediately and contact Camden County Animal Control at 912-576-7395 and the Camden County Health Department Environmental Health Division at 912-729-6012.

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