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After biting 6 people in Brighton, a fox tests positive for rabies

The Monroe County Office Building.
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The Monroe County Office Building.

The Monroe County Department of Public Health said Tuesday that a fox that bit six people in Brighton on April 21 has tested positive for rabies.

Brighton police had said last week that the incidents happened south of the 12 Corners area, and health officials said it happened near homes on Hollyvale Drive and Tilstone Place, before the fox was killed by law enforcement.

Rabies is a viral disease that leads to death in infected humans or pets if left untreated. People who did not touch the fox are not at risk.

The county health department is urging anyone who came into physical contact with a fox in the Brighton area last week to consult with a health care provider and report the incident to the county’s rabies control program at 585-753-5171.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.