Friday, Nov. 25, several individuals were attacked by a gray fox in the Rose Creek area, off Highway 288 between Globe and Young.
The fox was killed and was confirmed by the Arizona Department of Health Services to have rabies. Any residents believing they had contact with the fox should contact the Gila County Rabies Control at (928) 402-8873.
Residents of Gila County are advised to never handle any species of wild animal. Please contact the Gila County Rabies Control or your local Animal Control Officer when a sick, injured, or dead wild animal is encountered. Wild animals may exhibit signs of being tame. Tamed behavior can actually be a symptom of the rabies virus.
Health and veterinary professionals all agree that having the family pet vaccinated against rabies is the first line of defense against the rabies virus.
Once clinical signs of rabies appear, the disease is nearly always fatal, according to the National Center for Infectious Diseases.