World Rabies Day

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WORLD RABIES DAY

September 28th is World Rabies Day.  It is an initiative of the Global Alliance on Rabies Control, to bring awareness to rabies, and rabies prevention.  This day also marks the anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s death, chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first vaccine for rabies.

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of warm-blooded mammals, including humans.

People may be exposed to rabies through contact with the saliva of an infected animal (usually a bite or scratch).

What will I see if an animal has Rabies?    

  • Abnormal behaviour (wild animals may seem friendly or pets may become aggressive)
  • Excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth
  • Signs of paralysis (difficulty walking, eating, or drinking)

An animal can transmit rabies Before showing any symptoms, Always Avoid animals that are acting strange or that you don’t know.

What if I’m exposed?           

Treatment for humans is available before symptoms start.

Always Report the bite as soon as possible. 519.352.7270 ext. 2902

Are you safe?  Check the List!

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