Gaston Co. officials confirm rabies after man bit by fox


GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - A man was bitten by a fox while walking on a nature trail Tuesday, according to the Gaston County Police Department.

The person bitten was Josh Syler who lives on Stone Mountain Drive in Ranlo.

Syler was walking along a nature trail on Ranlo Ave in Ranlo when he encountered the fox.  Gaston County Animal Control officials impounded the fox to be sent for testing the same day. Laboratory officials reported on Thursday that the fox had tested positive for rabies.

Gaston County Health officials have been notified and Animal Control Division will be canvassing the immediate area to advise residents of the incident and to verify pet rabies vaccinations.

This represents the first positive rabies case in Gaston County this year.

For further information, contact Supervisor S.J. Hay or Sgt. J.F. Phil, Gaston County Police Department Animal Control Division, at 704-922-8677.