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Fox that bit 2 tests positive for rabies

MINNEAPOLIS - A fox that is believed to have bitten two people this week at Lake Harriet tested positive for rabies, according to Minneapolis police.

MINNEAPOLIS - A fox that is believed to have bitten two people this week at Lake Harriet tested positive for rabies, according to Minneapolis police.

The animal was captured Wednesday by animal control officers after police received reports of a fox biting a woman midday Tuesday and a jogger Wednesday morning, both on the south side of the lake. The Eagan woman who was bitten Tuesday, Susan Obmoin, said she was taking her bike off a car rack when she was bitten. She said she had to pry open the fox’s mouth to free herself.

Testing performed after the fox was captured and euthanized confirmed that it had rabies, officials said Friday.

The Minnesota Department of Health has evaluated the exposure of everyone known to have had contact with the fox, and all are being treated by their health care providers, according to police.

The Department of Health advises people not to feed, approach or adopt wild animals. The department said skunks and bats are the most common carriers of rabies, and other animals typically become infected when they’re bitten by a rabid skunk.

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Call police or your local animal control department - 651-266-1100 in St. Paul or 311 in Minneapolis - if you suspect a neighborhood animal has contracted rabies.

More information about rabies in animals is available on the Minnesota Board of Animal Health website.

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