WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A fox has tested positive for rabies in Woodford County, according to officials at the Woodford County Health Department.
They say the fox was found, already deceased, around the Frankfort Rd. area between Versailles and Franklin County.
WCHD is highly recommending that any person exposed to this animal should consult a physician immediately.
Officials say that residents to make certain their pets have a current rabies vaccination.
The heath department says there does not appear to be any contact between neighborhood animals and the fox, but they asks that residents keep watch on their pets.
Rabies, a viral disease of humans, pets and wild animals, is transmitted from animals to humans by the saliva of a rabid animal, usually from a bite. State law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets maintain a current rabies vaccination.
The health department says to minimize the risk for contracting rabies, it is best never to handle any wild animal.
They say if you find a wild animal in or around your home and the possibility of human exposure cannot be ruled out, contact the Environmental Division of the Woodford County Health Department for help with having the animal collected and submitted for rabies testing.
For additional information, please visit WCHD.com or contact the Woodford County Health Department at (859) 873-4541.