A horse in Perth South has tested positive for rabies.

Officials with Huron Perth Public Health say the horse in the Blanshard Ward is the third animal to test positive in our region this year with the first two cases found in bats.

The virus can be found in the saliva of infected mammals and it’s assumed the infected horse was in contact with a rabid wild animal, such as a skunk or fox.

The health unit is working with the farm owner on this investigation and at this time, six individuals have received rabies medication

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs is also working closely with the farm owner to implement a Precautionary Confinement Period for the other animals that may have been in close contact with the infected animal.