Some raccoons may have Rabies reports Halton Health Department

Some raccoons may have Rabies reports Halton Health Department
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Halton Region has just reported two potential cases of Raccoons with rabies. This is a reminder that you should avoid all contact with wild animals.

Around 7:00 PM on May 12th both a cyclist and a driver reported having direct contact with two raccoons located at Brant Street and Upper Middle Road in Burlington. The raccoons may have contracted rabies. The Health department has been able to contact the driver, but has not been able to reach the cyclist. The department is urging the cyclist to contact a doctor immediately. They can also contact 311 and speak with a public health inspector.

Rabies is a viral disease that causes severe damage to the brain and spinal cord, and if untreated before symptoms appear will lead to death. Rabies is contracted when the saliva from the infected animal comes in contact with an open wound.

The most typical domesticated animal to become infected are dogs. Infected dogs exhibit extreme behavior: aggression or fear. Symptoms do progress and can result in sudden death. There is no cure for rabies; however, animals can easily be protected if they are vaccinated, and the vaccination is up-to-date. Call your local vet to determine if your pet has been vaccinated.

“While the Halton Region Health Department has not received any positive rabies test results in wild or domestic animals in 2018, 19 positive test results were reported in wild animals in Halton region in 2017,” said Dr. Julie Emili, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region. “The Health Department is reminding residents to avoid all contact with raccoons, skunks and other wild animals, including touching, handling, feeding or relocating them.”

Though this event did not happen in Oakville, it is important reminder that wild animals travel easily around our areas.

Rabies Protection Tips

  1. Seek medical attention immediately if you come in contact with a raccoon, skunk or other potentially rabid animal.
  2. Report all animal bites or scratches to the Halton Region Health Department.
  3. Call 311 if you come across any sick, dead or orphaned animals.
  4. Warn your children to stay away from any wild, stray or aggressive animals.
  5. Do not feed or keep wild animals as pets.
  6. Do not touch dead or sick animals.
  7. Make sure your pet’s rabies vaccinations are up to date.
  8. Keep your pet on a leash when off your property.
  9. Have your pet seen by a veterinarian if it has come in contact with a raccoon or other wild animal.

For more information on rabies, visit  or call 311.


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