A young fox that attacked two horses on Putah Creek Road near the Winters Bridge tested positive for rabies, according to Solano County public health officers. Yolo County Animal Services advises people who live or work in that area to be aware and to seek emergency care for preventive rabies treatment if they come into contact with the fox.
The fox may have been infected by a rabid bat or skunk, Yolo officials said.
Animal Services officers urge the following precautions:
* Maintain current rabies vaccinations on all dogs and cats four months of age and older;
* Confine all pets or keep them on a leash.
* All persons, especially children, are warned to avoid all sick or injured animals.
* All stray or wild animals should be avoided, particularly nocturnal animals observed during the day.
* Report loose dogs.
* Report all animal bites or scratches that break the skin or any physical contact with wild animals (with or without a bite) to Yolo County Animal Services.
* Pets that are vaccinated act as a barrier between wild animals and humans to keep the rabies virus from spreading.