LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s most popular county for tourism is facing a problem with attacks by rabid foxes.
Officials say they’ve confirmed eight attacks by foxes infected with rabies in coastal Baldwin County since May. The fast-growing county includes the state’s prime beach areas, although no tourists have reportedly been affected.
The most recent incident happened when a rabid fox attacked a dog in Loxley last week. Six humans and one dog were attacked previously.
The Alabama Department of Public Health issued a warning about avoiding rabies exposure after the latest attack.
The rabies virus is usually transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. The virus can also spread through direct contact with mucous membranes, such as the eyes, nose and mouth.
Health officials are urging residents to get their pets vaccinated.