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Gaston man bitten by rabid fox

Gaston County officials say their first case of rabies in 2014 was a fox that bit a man in Ranlo.

Gaston County police said lab tests confirmed Thursday that a fox that bit a man Tuesday tested positive for rabies. The man, who lives in Ranlo, was bitten while walking on a nature trail on Ranlo Avenue, police said.

The man now will undergo rabies treatment, and Gaston County police have been canvassing the area in Ranlo, warning residents of the incident. Police also are working to make sure that pets in the area have been vaccinated properly against rabies.

State law requires that pets – dogs, cats and ferrets – must be vaccinated against rabies by the time they are 4 months old. Booster shots are required. Various types of vaccines require boosters either every one, three or four years, according to health officials.

Police say that anyone with questions in the case contact them at 704-922-8677.

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