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Rabies

The health unit investigates animal bite and scratch incidents involving domestic and wild animals. Approximately 1,000 incidents per year are investigated. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, the incident needs to be reported to the health unit by calling 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.

Although the risk of rabies in the Simcoe Muskoka area is low, rabies is a fatal disease and precautions must be taken to help you, your family, and pet(s) stay safe.

In Ontario, there is rabies in the bat population and occasionally the fox strain rabies also appears in some animals. Most recently, raccoon rabies has been found; largely in the Hamilton area but also in Haldimond-Norfolk, Niagara Region, Brant County, and Halton Region.

There is no baiting program of wild animal against rabies within the Simcoe Muskoka area. However, animals can "hitchhike" on vehicles (such as transports, airplanes, trains) so it's important we take precautions to reduce the chances of being bitten or scratched by an animal.

For more information, please visit the following websites:

  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Rabies in Animals in Ontario
  • Canada Food Inspection Agency - Rabies in Animals in Canada
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