Fox Tests Positive for Rabies

fox in the wild
Photo: Charles Jackson, Unsplash

CVMDL is frequently asked to test wild animals, it’s part of our disease monitoring and surveillance. Many people heard about the rabid fox on Capitol Hill this week, and interestingly enough, we also had a fox test positive, this one in Fairfield County. Our lab has had four positive rabies tests in foxes out of 16 total tested over the past 10 years (see chart below). Remember not to approach any wild animals that are behaving erratically, and instead to contact your local animal control center.

chart of positive fox rabies tests