Stanhope, NJ residents warned of ‘unusual outbreak’ of rabies among aggressive foxes

The Extinction Protocol

September 12, 2013 –  STANHOPE, NJ  — Four foxes have tested positive for rabies in Stanhope, an unusual occurrence that has prompted health officials to urge residents to get their pets vaccinated immediately. The rabies-infected animals were among five foxes destroyed by police and tested after they had charged two police officers and people walking their dogs in the vicinity of Lake Musconetcong. One woman was bitten on both ankles and her dog was also bitten by a fox today on Musconetcong Road. Her dog was one of two that bitten last week, police said. “This is unusual, four out of five is unusual. It’s an anomaly” Sussex County health administrator Herb Yardley said. “People need to have their animals vaccinated for rabies. Even pets that don’t go outdoors. If they get out just once, they could be exposed,” said Yardley, speculating that a single den of foxes could have…

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