Rabies alert issued after Mount Dora woman attacked by rabid fox

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MOUNT DORA, Fla. - Health officials issued a rabies alert in Mount Dora after a rabid fox bit an elderly woman Friday morning.

The 82-year-old woman was attacked in the 4300 block of Baywood Boulevard while she was out for a walk.

Several witnesses saw the incident and called 911, and the woman was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

“I was shocked that the animal had rabies,” said witness Chris Getty.

Getty said he knew something was wrong when he heard loud banging on the wall of his condo.

“I come outside and the fox was still attached to her hand. Her fingers were bitten up pretty bad,” he said. “They were very bloody."

Shortly after the attack, the health department issued a rabies alert in Lake County and urged residents to make sure their pets are vaccinated.

“She’s going to be OK. She’s a tough lady,” Getty said.

The rabies alert is expected to last for 60 days and includes the areas of Highway 441, Lakeshore Drive and Greenway Drive.

The fox was taken to animal control.

Officials have not released the woman’s current condition.

This is the second rabies warning in central Florida this week.

On Thursday, Florida's Department of Health wanred Seminole County residents to be on high alert after two seperate rabies scares, including one in Longwood where a woman and her dog were attacked by a raccoon near Big Tree Park.