The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Health Department reports rabid bat found at Durham College Whitby campus

WHITBY, ON July 04, 2014

Durham Region Health Department would like to hear from anyone who may have recently come into contact with a bat that has tested positive for rabies. The bat was found ill/injured outside the main entrance of Durham College - Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Ave. on July 2.

“The Health Department received a report indicating that on July 2, students in the area of the Whitby campus of Durham College may have had contact with the rabid bat,” explained Ross MacEachern, Manager, Environmental Health with Durham Region Health Department. “We’re not sure how long the bat may have been in the area or if it may also have been in other locations around the vicinity of the school.”

“Health Department staff would like to speak with individuals who may have had any type of contact with the bat. All individuals will be assessed to determine if there is a need for follow-up treatment which will be done by a health care practitioner.”

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed to this bat is urged to call the Health Department at 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613. If calling after 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday or on weekends, please call 1-800-372-1104.

“It’s important for people to remember that rabies can be found in the community and that everyone needs to be cautious when encountering bats or other wildlife,” Mr. MacEachern stressed.

For more information on rabies awareness, please call Durham Region Health Department at 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613. Information can also be obtained by visiting


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For more information, please contact Health Department.