Authorities: Fox that attacked Lakewood girl had rabies

Authorities say a fox that attacked a young southern New Jersey girl last weekend has tested positive for rabies. Ocean County health officials say the

LAKEWOOD - Authorities say a fox that attacked a young Ocean County girl last weekend has tested positive for rabies.

Ocean County health officials say the state Public Health Environmental and Agricultural Laboratory performed the tests on the fox and released them to county officials on Tuesday.

The 4-year-old girl suffered scratches on her arm, leg and lip in Saturday's attack, which occurred at a home in Lakewood. She will receive a rabies-prevention treatment for 14 days, and officials will closely monitor her condition.

The fox hid under a deck after attacking the girl and it later tried to attack police officers. An officer then shot the fox to death. The child's name has not been released.

Health officials say 14 animals have tested positive for rabies in the county this year. They say anyone who notices an animal acting strangely should avoid contact and call the local animal control office or police department.

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