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Aug 10, 2013 4:46 PM by Eric Ross

Rabid fox attacks man in SW Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Health officials say a Colorado Springs man is recovering after he was attacked by a rabid fox while trying to protect his dog.

The man was attacked in southwest Colorado Springs a couple of miles from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Aug. 3, about two weeks after another fox that was hit by a car a half mile away tested positive for rabies.

Health officials say the two cases mark the first times an animal other than a bat has tested positive for rabies west of Interstate 25 in El Paso County. Several cases have been documented in the eastern part of the county.

Danielle Oller, a spokeswoman for El Paso County Public Health, declined to discuss the man's condition but said he's been taking medication since the attack.

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