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Rabies

Background

Rabies is a serious infectious disease caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system of humans and other mammals. It can be spread from wild animals to domestic pets including cats, dogs and ferrets through bites and scratches. Humans are at risk when bitten or scratched by wild animals, including bats, or infected domestic pets. Rabies infection is invariably fatal unless a protective vaccine is given to exposed individuals before symptoms appear. 

Children are a high risk population for potential rabies exposures due to the increased likelihood of interacting with domestic and wild animals. As a result, it is important to educate them about rabies.

Curriculum Supports

SMDHU Programs

The health unit also offers a variety of programs and services for elementary schools (PDF), covering a wide range of health-related topics.

The Emergency Management and Rabies Program is available to work with schools/school boards to create/provide rabies-related supports. Some examples include:

  • collaborating to provide on-site bite prevention training for students
  • helping to develop resources to supplement curriculum
  • promoting awareness of health and safety polices around handling exposures to animals (PDF).

Additional Resources

Are you concerned about a student and/or would like additional information related to counselling or community supports? Find out where to get help.  

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