Fox tests positive for rabies; 1st New Mexico case this year

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A fox from Catron County near Reserve has tested positive for rabies. New Mexico Department of Health officials announced Monday.

They said it’s the first positive fox rabies case in New Mexico so far this year.

The fox was submitted to the state public health laboratory in Albuquerque for testing after it bit a person last Friday.

Authorities said the unidentified victim is receiving treatment.

They said rabies is a deadly viral disease that can be prevented, but not cured.

As New Mexico’s largest state agency, the Department of Health offers public health services in all 33 counties and collaborates with 23 Native American tribes, Pueblos and nations.