Hamilton’s raccoon rabies outbreak has now expanded to include skunks. In February, sixteen skunks tested positive for Rabies with the same strain of the virus that was found in the infected raccoons. The skunks were found in more urban areas of Hamilton, 10 on the Mountain and 2 in the lower east end. Of concern to pet owner, skunks tend to interact more with pet dogs than raccoons do. So make sure your pet is up to date on his/her Rabies vaccination!
The Ministry of Natural Resources will begin baiting with vaccines again in the Spring. A Rabies outbreak can last 3-5 years so ongoing baiting and surveillance will likely be necessary.
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