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Foxes: Urban Areas

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 123560, tabled on 18 January 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential health risks caused by the urban fox population; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

13 February 2018

Foxes can carry a range of parasites and diseases relevant to the health of people and domestic pets. There is, however, no evidence that foxes are a major risk to public health, or to pet dogs in England. Britain is currently rabies-free and measures are in place to keep it that way.