An attack by a fox in East Lyme has prompted a warning from a local health department.
The Ledge Light Health District issued the warning after people were attacked by a fox on Heritage Road on Monday morning, Fox 61 reported.
“Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including people. It is spread mostly by wild animals, but stray cats and dogs may also become infected and spread the virus.” the health department said.
“The rabies virus lives in the saliva and brain tissue of infected animals. Rabies can be spread by scratches from infected animals or when infected saliva comes into contact with open wounds, breaks in the skin or mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth, etc.)”
Because it wasn’t captured, the fox couldn’t be tested for rabies.