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A fox in Glanbrook has tested positive for rabies

Just days after a Hamilton cat tested positive for rabies for the first time in decades, an infected fox has also been found.

It's the first case found in an area fox since 1994

Another area animal has tested positive for rabies, and this time it's a fox that was in the Glanbrook area.

This comes just days after an infected cat was found in rural Ancaster, which was the first known case of the disease spreading to a domestic animal in over 2 decades.

The fox is the first animal of its kind found with rabies since 1994, but it's just the most recent in over 100  cases of infected wild animals found in the area recently. Among the infected species found are raccoons, skunks, and bats.

The press release from Hamilton public health says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is testing the fox to see  if it is infected with the same strain of rabies that currently circulating in the raccoon population in Hamilton.

Authorities are reminding the public that if you are bitten, scratched, or have any contact with a wild animal's saliva, you should clean the area with warm water and soap and then get medical attention immediately. Avoid contact with wild animals, especially ones acting aggressively or in an otherwise strange way.

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