Rabies in Ontario

Rabies in Ontario
There are several different strains of the rabies virus, including fox rabies, bat rabies, and raccoon rabies.

What to do if you get bitten or scratched by an animal?

  • Wash the wound with soap and water.
  • Contact your family doctor immediately. The Health Unit can provide rabies vaccine to your doctor if needed.
  • As soon as you can, call the Environmental Health Team at the Health Unit at 1.519.482.3416 or after hours at 519.482.7077 to report the incident.

Report rabid animal in the wild
If you suspect a wild animal may have rabies:

  • if humans have been exposed, report the incident to your local health unit (see above), doctor or local emergency department
  • if a domestic animal has been exposed, call your veterinarian
  • if you’re a veterinarian and need help assessing whether an animal has been exposed to rabies, call the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300
  • if neither a human nor an animal has been exposed, call the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Rabies Information Line at 1-888-574-6656

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