The Davidson County Health Department reported the fifth case of rabies for the year after a fox attacked three people on Friday.
According to information provided by the health department, on Sept. 6 the fox attacked two people at a bus stop in Lexington but did not break the skin. After this incident, the animal ran off and reportedly bit someone else and was shot and killed.
Because of the human exposure, that person was referred to a medical provider for follow up.
The Davidson County Health Department warns the public to not handle animals with bare hands after they have had contact with a wild animal. The saliva from the wild animal may still be present on the domestic animal's fur and by handling the animal, you may expose yourself to the rabies virus.
They also say to beware of wild animals out in the daylight and to stay away from animals you do not know. If a child or other family member has been bitten or scratched, please seek medical attention.
If there are stray dogs, cats or wildlife in your neighborhood, call Animal Control at (336) 249 0131.
The Health Department will hold its last rabies clinic of the year from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at Tyro Middle School. Vaccines cost $7. Three and one year vaccines are available. All animals must be vaccinated by the time they are 4 months old and may be vaccinated as early as 3 months old.