Two more cases of Raccoon Rabies

By January 8, 2016 Uncategorized

From the Hamilton Spectator:

Two more raccoons have tested positive for Rabies in Hamilton, bringing the total number to 12.  The raccoons were found up on the Hamilton Mountain.  Fortunately, no human cases of Rabies have been reported.  The Ministry of Natural Resources has finished its raccoon rabies vaccine program, after having distributed 220,000 baits.  More baits will also be dropped in the Spring.  Fortunately, with the cooler weather, raccoons are expected to remain in thier dens and not roam around.  The risk to humans is still considered low, but vigilance and avoiding contact with wild animals is recommended.

Hamilton’s health department recommends:

  • Avoiding contact with raccoons and other wild animals including bats
  • Keeping rabies vaccinations up-to-date for dogs and cats
  • Seeking medical attention if in direct contact with a wild animal or potentially rabid animal
  • Contacting a veterinarian or the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) if a pet is in contact with a wild animal.

To read the full article in the Hamilton Spectator click HERE.