Orleans Area Fox Tested Positive for Rabies


Image of a fox from here.

Press release from the Department of Health and Human Services:

The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Public Health Laboratory confirmed that a fox from the Orleans area has tested positive for rabies. Testing was conducted following an incident that involved human exposure, with one person now receiving prophylactic treatment.

DHHS advises anyone who has had contact with the Orleans fox population in the past 30 days to call the Public Health Clinic at 707-268-2182.

Rabies is always present in the wildlife population throughout Humboldt County, especially among skunks, bats and foxes. In July, a Humboldt County dog tested positive for rabies, the first such case in five years.

Preventive measures include avoiding contact with wild and stray animals, bringing pet foods indoors at night, reporting animal bites to your county or municipal animal control officer, and if you are bitten, washing the bite immediately with soap and water and seeking medical attention.

Public Health officials stress the importance of fully vaccinating domestic animals against rabies, including dogs, cats and select livestock.

For questions about rabies or to report a rabid animal, please call the DHHS Division of Environmental Health at 707-445-6215 or toll free at 1-800-963-9241.


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  • There is a crazy bobcat behind the parking lot of the forks in Willow Creek, I saw it chasing something up a tree in the middle of the afternoon in 100 degrees. It then started running around in a circle and acting weird and making calls I have never heard a bobcat make. I happen to have my business near by, called it in, but it is still there. It was not afraid of humans or dogs

  • Call Fish & Wildlife, Animal Control, and 911 again. Make sure you emphasize the word RABIES. af

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