Media Release

Health Department Searching For Man Exposed to Rabid Fox

Friday, May 24, 2013 11:45 AM

This press release put out at the request of the Alachua County Health Department.

ALACHUA COUNTY –The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) is searching for a man who assisted in caring for an injured fox at approximately 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at the entrance of the Buckingham East Subdivision (at the intersection of NW 84th Street and West Newberry Road, Gainesville).

The man is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, 195 pounds, and about 50 years old.  At the time of the incident, he was riding a mountain bike, and may have been wearing a tank top, shorts, fanny pack, baseball cap and had on headphones. 

“This individual assisted a female citizen in wrapping an injured fox in a towel for the purposes of transporting the fox to veterinary care.” stated Paul Myers, Administrator of the ACHD.  “The fox has tested positive for rabies and it is critical that this man be assessed for rabies exposure.”

Anyone having information on the identity of this man is asked to call the Health Department at 352-260-7329.  Additionally, if other individuals in this area have come into contact with a fox or other wildlife, please contact the Health Department at 352-260-7329.

For more information, visit the ACHD website.

The mission of the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

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