Rabid Fox Attack in Brighton: Victims Recall Excruciating Pain

A fox that tested positive for rabies bit six people in a Brighton neighborhood, according to Monroe County, as health leaders alert the victims to see their doctors. Shirley Jacobson, a Brighton resident, was bitten in her driveway on Friday. She described the pain as “excruciating” and said she felt like someone was sawing off her leg. 8-year-old Arbri was also attacked in his backyard. His father had to throw a brick at the fox’s head to make it fall unconscious. The fox was killed and tested positive for rabies.

The Monroe County Department of Public Health is urging anyone who came in contact with the fox to call their doctors and report the incident to the county’s rabies control program at (585) 753-5171. Neighbors had noticed the fox acting aggressive in the days leading up to the attack and one neighbor had even reported it to animal control, which couldn’t find the fox. 13WHAM reached out to Brighton’s animal control department and is waiting to hear back.

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system of mammals, including humans. It is spread through contact with saliva or nervous tissue from an infected animal. Symptoms include fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. If left untreated, rabies can be fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rabies is preventable through vaccination.

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