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Fox That Bit North Carolina Woman Tests Positive For Rabies

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In over three decades of studying ferns, Duke University professor Kathleen Pryer has received her share of grant money. But for her newest project, she's getting help from a retired nurse in Canada and a 17-year-old in Arkansas.(Photo credit  FRANK PERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

In over three decades of studying ferns, Duke University professor Kathleen Pryer has received her share of grant money. But for her newest project, she’s getting help from a retired nurse in Canada and a 17-year-old in Arkansas.(Photo credit FRANK PERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

HOPE MILLS, N.C. (AP) — Animal control officials say a fox that attacked a Cumberland County woman, her child and their dog has tested positive for rabies.

Cumberland County Animal Control director Dr. John Lauby said the woman was in her yard, playing with her 2-year-old son and their dog when the fox came into the yard and attacked them.

According to animal control, the fox bit Johnson when she tried to stop it by grabbing it and throwing it. A release from animal control said the fox then began to attack the dog’s leg before the woman’s husband killed the fox Sunday night and called animal control.

Lauby said the fox was sent to the State Veterinary Lab in Raleigh for testing, and he learned Tuesday that the test was positive.

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