RABIES Update for March 29 2017
- Last Updated: Monday, 10 April 2017 15:25
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.
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
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.