March 24, 2018
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Fox that bit Bath man tests positive for rabies

By Beth Brogan, Times Record

BATH, Maine — State officials said Wednesday that a fox that attacked a Bath man Monday night tested positive for rabies.

The 67-year-old man, who was bitten several times on the hand while working in his barn on Whiskeag Road, is receiving medical treatment, Bath Field said in a release today.

According to the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from January to July 2 of this year, there were two reported cases of rabies in Bath and Woolwich. On April 30, a woodchuck tested rabid in Bath, and a raccoon was found to have rabies on June 6.

Field cautioned residents to call police if they see animals behaving unusually.

“People need to stay away from wildlife,” Brunswick Animal Control Officer Heidi Nelson said Tuesday. “Keep small pets inside and supervised when they’re outside, and take away the food source — do not feed your pets outside.”

Nelson also suggested that birdfeeders be brought inside for the next two to three weeks.

“Birds have plenty of food right now,” she said.

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