RABIES Update for March 29 2017

Rabies continues to spread through Ontario, mainly the Raccoon strain.  Here is an update on the situation on rabies in Ontario from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) as of March 29, 2017.

OMNRF are reporting 1 new case of raccoon strain rabies from the previous week, occurring in a raccoon from Haldimand.  As of March 29, 2017, there have been a total of 295 cases of raccoon strain and 8 cases of fox strain rabies in Ontario. Hamilton has been the hardest his area with a total of 232 cases of Racccoon Rabies.

Raccoon Rabies in Ontario

Summary  of All Raccoon Rabies Cases by Locations since Dec 2015:

  • Total Raccoon strain rabies: 295 cases
  • Hamilton: 232 cases
  • Haldimand: 21 cases
  • Brant: 17 cases
  • Niagara: 15 cases
  • Halton: 10 cases

Raccoon Strain Species Breakdown:

  • Raccoons: 200 cases
  • Skunks: 91 cases
  • Fox: 1 case
  • Cat: 2 cases
  • Llama: 1 case

Fox Strain Breakdown:

  • Bovine: 6 cases
  • Skunk: 2 cases

 

Huron County: 2 cases

Perth County: 6 cases

Number of DRIT (Direct Rapid Immunohistochemical Test) tests: > 5,200

Number of baits distributed since April 2016; > 1,600,000

 Ontario Rabies update March 29 2017

Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control cares about your safety. We service all areas affected by the rabies outbreas for animal and wildlife control and we will safely trap animals that have, or are suspected to have rabies.  Contact us if you are concerned about local wildlife that may be carrying rabies.

For more information  on this update, please contact  the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.