It has been reported to the Richmond County Health Department Environmental Health
Section and Augusta Animal Services that a fox attacked one individual at a
local business and tried to attack another individual before being killed last
Wednesday, February 27, 2013.
dead animal was picked up by Augusta Animal Services personnel and taken to a
local animal hospital. Officials from the Richmond County Health Department
Environmental Health Section then sent the animal off to the Georgia Public
Health Laboratory for testing.
Environmental Section was notified by phone Thursday, March 7, 2013 that the
animal had tested positive for rabies.
The victim of the attack, upon advisement, contacted their primary care
provider and has begun treatment for rabies and is doing well.
Randy Wishard, Environmental Health County Manager, states, " environmental
officials will began today notifying businesses in the Mike Padgett/Goshen
Industrial Blvd/ Doug Bernard Pkwy area of what happened, and will ask them to
report any human-to-wild animals contact to Richmond County Health Department
and any pets-to- wild animals contact to the Augusta Animal Services."
Rabies is an acute
and deadly viral infection of the central nervous system, which can also
involve the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. When symptoms do appear, it is usually 30 to
50 days following exposure. There is a
direct relationship between how severe the bite is and where on the body the
person bitten and how long it takes for symptoms to appear. Symptoms could
appear in as few as 14 days. The
following are symptoms of Rabies:
Other early symptoms include:
(enlargement) of pupils of the eye
production of salvia
sensitivity to sound, light and changes of temperature
Environmental Section is asking all residents of the district to make sure your
pets are inoculated against rabies and to avoid all contact with stray
animals. In addition, report any contact
of humans with wild animals to Richmond County Health Department
Environmentalist Health Section office at 706-667-4234 and any contact of pets
with wild animals to Augusta Animal Control at 706-790- 6836.
additional information on rabies refer to these websites: