Gaston County Confirms 4th Rabies Case Of 2019

DALLAS, NC — Officials in Gaston County say a fox tested positive for rabies after biting a resident in his backyard Sunday afternoon.

The incident was reported around 2:26pm at a home on Pindal Circle. The resident told officers he was in his yard when a fox came out of some nearby woods and bit him on the back of his leg.

Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement officers were able to locate the fox and sent the animal to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh for testing. On Tuesday, officials received notification that the fox tested positive for rabies.

The victim is reportedly undergoing post exposure treatment. Police say the victim’s dog was not exposed, and is current on rabies vaccinations.

This is the fourth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County so far this year.