Rabies: Know the Facts

Update on Raccoon Rabies in Southern Ontario New

A number of cases of raccoon rabies (in raccoons and skunks) have been confirmed in the Hamilton and Niagara areas since December 2015. Prior to December, it had been over 10 years since any raccoon strain rabies had been identified in Ontario.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry along with SPCAs and Humane Societies have increased surveillance for animals with rabies since December and The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has also dropped bait filled with rabies immunization to stop the spread of rabies in the wild animal population in and around the affected areas.

At this time, the Durham Region Health Department asks residents to take the following measures to protect themselves from rabies:

For more information about rabies, call the Durham Region Health Department, Environmental Help Line at 1-888-777-9613