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Rabid fox bites man in Gaston Co

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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A fox that bit a man in Gaston County tested positive for rabies, marking the first case of the disease in the county this year.

The incident happened on Tuesday. Police say a man was walking on a natural trail on Ranlo Avenue, in Ranlo, when he was bitten by the fox.

The animal was taken by animal control the same day to be tested. On Thursday, lab officials reported that the fox had tested positive for rabies.

Animal control then canvassed the immediate area to warn residents of the incident and to verify pet rabies vaccinations.

Officials say this is the first positive rabies case in Gaston County this year.

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