RABIES in ONTARIO

RABIES Epidemic In Hamilton - Update

The rabies outbreak in Hamilton will be ending any time soon.

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Hamilton's Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jessica Hopkins, has said that it will take three to five years for the vaccinations to effectively work their way through the population to control the current rabies outbreak. The vaccinations for wildlife are delivered through a bait program run by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. They have a successful history of controlling past rabies outbreaks, but it is not a quick fix.

Hamilton area residents should remain vigilant about their safety during the rabies outbreak. Stay clear of wild or unknown animals (including stray cats and dogs) and seek medical attention immediately if you come in contact with a wild or stray animal, or if you are scratched or bitten by someone's pet. Do NOT wait until the symptoms of rabies to appear, once they do, its too late. There is no cure, and death occurs in almost 100% of cases.

Remember to keep pets up to date with vaccinations and don't let them roam free.

If you are concerned about wildlife in or around your home, you can contact us for safe and permanent removal of raccoons, skunks and other carriers of the rabies virus. Your safety is our top concern.

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Rabies Map of Ontario - February 8th, 2017 OMNRF

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RABIES in dogs

On February 6th, 2017, health Officials in Hamilton announced the confirmation of rabies in a domestic cat.  This is the second case of rabies found in a domestic animal in over 20 years.  Since 2015, close to 300 animals have tested positive in Hamilton for rabies.

If you are concerned about the spread of rabies in your area from wildlife or stray animals, we can help. Call us at 1-855-383-4295 or send us an email.

 What is rabies?

Rabies is a virus that is transmitted from one infected mammal to another through saliva and sometimes brain tissue or spinal fluid. The most common ways dogs get rabies is from a bite from an infected mammal, or through an existing open wound that gets exposed to an infected mammal’s saliva. The most frequently infected carriers of rabies are stray cats and dogs, bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes.

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Frequently Asked Questions About RABIES

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Rabies has been spreading through Ontario, with the largest outbreak occuring in the Hamilton area. If you are concerned about an animal acting strange in your neighbourhood, call us toll free at 1-855-393-4295 or email us at hawkeye@hawkeye.ca

 

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RABIES in humans

Rabies is a viral infection that is almost always fatal if left untreated.

If you are concerned about the spread of rabies in your area from wildlife or stray animals, we can help. Contact Hawkeye

What can you do to protect yourself and your family from rabies? As required by law in Ontario, vaccinating your pets is the best course of action for protection against rabies. Ontario vet clinics offer 3 solutions; a three-year vaccine, a one year vaccine, and titre testing which measures antibodies in their system to determine if your pet is still protected from earlier vaccinations. For most, the best course of action is a 3-year vaccine to ensure protection against rabies.

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