BATH — State officials said Wednesday that a fox that attacked a Bath man Monday night tested positive for rabies.

The 67-year-old man, who was bitten several times on the hand while working in his barn on Whiskeag Road, is receiving medical treatment, Bath Police Chief Mike Field said in a release Wednesday.

According to the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from January to July 2 of this year, there were two reported cases of rabies in Bath and Woolwich. On April 30, a woodchuck tested rabid in Bath, and a raccoon was found to have rabies on June 6.

Field cautioned residents to call police if they see animals behaving unusually.

On Tuesday, Brunswick Animal Control Officer Heidi Nelson said, “People need to stay away from wildlife,” she said. “Keep small pets inside and supervised when they’re outside, and take away the food source — do not feed your pets outside.”

Nelson also suggested that bird feeders be brought inside for the next two to three weeks.

“Birds have plenty of food right now,” she said.

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