Search for man who handled rabid fox in Radnor Twp., Pa.
HARRISBURG, Pa. - April 24, 2012 (WPVI) -- Pennsylvania health officials are asking for the public's help finding a man who handled a rabid fox.
Radnor Township Police were called to the area of 400 East Lancaster Avenue in Wayne at about 2:00 p.m. Monday.
When they arrived, they found a white man holding the red fox in a blanket. He left without giving any identifying information to police.
The animal was later tested for rabies at the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Bureau of Laboratories, and the results came back positive.
Authorities say anyone who comes into contact with a rabid animal needs to be checked out to determine if he or she needs a rabies vaccination.
They are urging anyone who knows or saw the man to should call the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 610-378-4352.
According to the health department, exposure to a rabid animal includes having been bitten, scratched by that animal, or having saliva, nervous system fluid or tissue from the animal enter a person's open wound or mucous membranes such as eyes, nose or mouth.
Under those circumstances, individuals should seek immediate medical attention.
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