Authorities: Fox That Attacked NJ Girl Had Rabies

Police shot and killed the fox, which tested positive for rabies

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013  |  Updated 5:16 PM EDT
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Authorities: Fox That Attacked NJ Girl Had Rabies

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This was not the fox involved in Saturday's attack. The particular species of fox that attacked the girl wasn't immediately known, and more information was expected to be released Monday.

Authorities 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.

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