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Rabid fox bites man jogging in East Hall

A fox recently bit a man who was jogging in East Hall, and Hall County officials were notified Wednesday the fox was rabid.

The incident happened on Gillsville Highway near U.S. 129. Warning signs will be posted there.

Mike Ledford, director of Hall County Animal Services, said the person went to the doctor and is going to “be fine.”

If you live in this area or you see an animal acting abnormally, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or call Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812 during non-working hours.

“Don’t try to approach it,” Ledford said. “Don’t go anywhere around it.”

While multiple rabies cases are reported each year in Hall County, this being the eighth in 2016, most are rabid animals coming in contact with other animals. Ledford said a rabid animal attacking a person is “pretty rare,” as he could only recall two or three instances within the past four or five years.

Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies. Vaccines are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter for $10 Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia at 845 W. Ridge Road in Gainesville.

Vaccines are also available from local veterinarians.