BROOKSVILLE -- A rabid fox bit a woman on Monday and her husband was also exposed to rabies, leading to a public health warning in the couple's neighborhood in northern Hernando County.
The Hernando County Health Department reported that a fox attacked the couple, who were not identified, in an area near County Road 491. The woman was bitten on the arm and her husband was exposed while assisting her.
A neighbor killed the fox, which was sent to he Department of Health laboratory in Tampa where lab results confirmed it was rabid. The couple is being treated at the Hillsborough County Health Department.
Residents in the area are encouraged to report any stray animals or to report wild animals exhibiting aggressive or unusual behavior to Hernando County Animal Services at (352) 796-5062. The Hernando County Health Department will be posting informational signs in the area.