PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Environmental officials are warning Hopkinton residents to be cautious after three fox attacks, including one by a fox that tested positive for rabies.

The first attack happened Thursday night when a rabid fox bit a person using a weed trimmer in a yard. A second person was bitten as Hopkinton and state environmental police worked to capture the animal.

A third person was bitten in the same area Friday, but that fox has not been captured.

Each of the three bite victims must undergo a series of vaccinations against the virus.

Scott Marshall, a veterinarian for the Department of Environmental Management, says residents should stay away from wildlife and vaccinate their pets against the disease.

AP-ES-05-30-08 1825EDT

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