Rabid fox captured in Fairfax Co.

WASHINGTON — A rabid fox had a Fairfax County community on alert earlier this week.

A young fox with signs of rabies ran toward people in a wooded area near the South Run/Burke Lake Trail of the South Run Recreational facility in Springfield, Virginia, on July 1 around 7 p.m.

Animal Control officers responded to the area and, after a search, were able to locate and euthanize the fox. Lab tests later showed the fox tested positive for rabies.

Animal Control officers say they can’t determine if this was the same fox that approached people, but it is likely.

Health and animal control officials are asking anyone who may have had contact with a fox to contact the Fairfax County Health Department at 571-274-2296.

Below is a map with the location near the incident:

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