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Rabies: Know the Facts

Role of Durham Region Health Department

  • Investigate potential human exposures to rabies from animal contacts.
  • Ensure required isolation and confinement of animals according to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care protocols in liaison with the CFIA (Health of Animals), OMAF (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food), and Animal Control.
  • Confine and visually inspect isolated animals prior to release.
  • Make recommendations and deliver post rabies exposure prophylaxis (treatment) to physicians in circumstances where vaccination may be required.
  • Ensure that dogs and cats have current immunization against rabies.