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Rabies: Know the Facts

The rabies virus can be present in the saliva of infected animals and it is generally transmitted via an animal bite or scratch that breaks the skin. It can also enter the body through skin abrasions or through the mucous membranes surrounding the mouth, nose and eyes.

Animal Bite Reporting

Animal bite/rabies reporting information magnet PDF

Report all animal bites and scratches!

The vast majority of animal bite investigations undertaken by the Durham Region Health Department involve vaccinated and non-vaccinated domestic animals such as cats and dogs. However, human contact (as defined above) with any warm blooded animal whether it is domestic or wild (fox, raccoon, bat, etc...) should be reported immediately to the Health Department at one of the following numbers:

Durham Region Health Department Environmental Help Line

  • Whitby: 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613
    Fax: 905-666-1887
  • Port Perry: 905-985-4889 or 1-866-845-1868
    Fax: 905-982-0840

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Lost, Injured, Wild or Stray Animal Reporting

Municipal Animal Control Centres

  • Ajax 905-683-8275
  • Brock 1-705-432-2355 or 1-866-223-7668
  • Clarington 905-623-7651
  • Oshawa 905-723-3488
  • Pickering 905-683-7575
  • Whitby 905-655-0283 or 1-866-788-PETS (7387)
  • Uxbridge & Scugog 905-985-9547 or 1-800-871-4374

Caution: The rabies virus is concentrated in the saliva of an infected animal. Avoid saliva contact!