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Woman, son bitten by rabid fox in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) - North Carolina health officials confirmed Tuesday a fox that bit two people in Fayetteville on Monday was rabid. 

Officials said a growling fox approached three adults who were sitting on the front porch of a home on Christina Street off Cliffdale Road. 

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The fox bit a woman and her son. A second son was able to be moved to safety before being bitten, officials said. 

Animal Control responded to the scene and captured the fox. The animal died while being transported to an Animal Control facility. 

The mom and son who were bitten are receiving post-rabies exposure treatment.

This is the first case of rabies in Cumberland County in 2019.

"All pet owners are urged to check the vaccination status of their pets," Cumberland County officials said. "If pets are not vaccinated or are due for a booster shot, they should be taken to a local veterinarian for rabies vaccination immediately."

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