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Rabies - Help Prevent the Spread!

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system of warm-blooded mammals, including humans.

Once symptoms appear, rabies is almost always fatal.

In Canada, bats, foxes, skunks and raccoons are the most common transmitters of the disease.

Who to Call if You Come In Contact with an Animal Suspected of Having Rabies

Health Unit Role

The Health Unit plays a role in helping to prevent the spread of rabies. Public Health Inspectors from the HKPR District Health Unit:

  • monitor reports of rabies cases in the area to keep informed of potential rabies threats

  • when notified, investigate potential human exposures to rabies

  • confine and visually inspect a dog, cat or ferret that bit or scratched a person for a 10-day observation period, from the date of exposure

  • make recommendations and deliver post-rabies treatment to physicians when vaccination required

  • assist participating veterinarians in the promotion of the low-cost rabies vaccination clinics

Additional Information:

Ministry of Natural Resources

The Rabies Reporter - An MNR scientific newsletter about current issues in rabies research and control

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention