Two Dacula children attacked by rabid fox

Two children in Dacula were attacked by a rabid fox Tuesday.

Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement captured the fox the same day. But that department, along with the county health department, are advising residents to use caution and avoid animals behaving in unusual ways.

The children were attacked by the fox in the Dolostone Way/Austin Crossing area in Dacula. The animal tested positive for rabies on Thursday.

The disease can spread to people and pets through bites and scratches. The county urged pet owners to ensure their animals are current on their rabies vaccinations. According to the National Association of State Health Veterinarians, unvaccinated dogs and cats exposed to a rabid animal must be strictly quarantined for four months and vaccinated one month prior to being released, the county said.

Untreated, rabies in humans is almost always fatal. Early symptoms of rabies in people include fever, headache and general weakness or discomfort.

Anyone who thinks they have been exposed to rabies should immediately seek medical care, then contact the Gwinnett County Health Department at 770-339-4260 and ask for the epidemiologist on call. To report the animal and have it picked up, call the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Bite Office at 770-339-3200 ext. 5576; after hours, call 770-513-5700.