There has been another report of rabies in Hamilton. This time a raccoon that had been in contact with at least 4 people and 2 dogs has tested positive for rabies. Animal services picked up the raccoon in Stoney Creek and anyone who may have had contact with it should call 905-546-2424 X 3327. Rabies is a deadly virus that can be transmitted to both pets and people. We would like stress how important it is to stay away from wild animals, especially raccoons, as they can carry both the rabies and distemper virus. Distemper can also be transmitted to your pets. It is uncertain if people can become infected, but best practice is to keep your distance. The raccoon can also carry a bacteria called leptosporosis that can cause kidney failure in both pets and people. As well, they spread a parasite called baylisascaris (raccoon roundworm). The microscopic parasite egg is passed in the raccoon’s feces and survives in the environment for long periods of time. People, especially children, and pets are susceptible. The parasite can travel to the the eyes and brain and can be deadly.
You can help protect your family by having your pets vaccinated, dewormed and fecal samples tested on a regular basis. As well, it is important to keep away from wild animals and deter them from entering your property. Please call us if you have any further questions or concerns. (905) 385-5354
To view the Hamilton Spectator article from December 5th please click here