Health Department seeking man who helped with rabid fox

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:25 p.m.

The Alachua County Health Department is searching for a man who Tuesday morning helped assist an injured fox that later was found to be infected with rabies, according to a news release from the ACHD.

“This individual assisted a female citizen in wrapping an injured fox in a towel for the purposes of transporting the fox to veterinary care,” said Paul Myers, administrator of the ACHD. “The fox has tested positive for rabies, and it is crucial that this man be assessed for rabies exposure.”

The man assisted in the wrapping of the fox at around 8 am Tuesday at the entrance of the Buckingham East Subdivision at the intersection of Northwest 84th Street and West Newberry Road, the release said.

Myers added in an interview that the woman has been identified and is being given preventive treatments. The fox was humanely euthanized.

“The man got more exposure than she did through the (fox’s) saliva. And she doesn’t know who he is,” Myers said. “He was just a good Samaritan passing through who helped load the fox in her car.”

The man is described as a white male about 50 years old, standing 6 feet tall and weighing 195 pounds. He had been riding a mountain bike and might have been wearing a tank top and shorts, a fanny pack, baseball cap and headphones.

Anyone with information on the man’s identity may call the ACHD at 260-7329. People who have come into contact with fox or other wildlife also are encouraged to call the health department.

Myers added that people in the Buckingham East Subdivision and surrounding areas need to be cautious about coming into contact with wild animals.

“People need to be aware that they’ve got wild animals in their midst. So stay away from rabid animals.”

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