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Rabies is a virus that is carried in an animal's saliva. Humans and other animals can become infected through a bite or scratch from an animal with rabies, or if the rabies virus comes in contact with an open cut or the moist tissues of the mouth, nose or eyes. Rabies is fatal if untreated.
Most of Canada's rabies is carried by wildlife. This makes control difficult and eradication almost impossible. Foxes, skunks, bats and raccoons are the main carriers and pose a continuing threat because they often live close to people. If they infect your farm animals or pets, they may endanger you.
If you've been bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound with soap and hot water and contact your family doctor.
Report all biting incidents to Lambton Public Health.
For more information about Rabies Control, please contact the Rabies Control Team Leader at 519-383-8331 ext. 3578 or 1-800-667-1839 or by e-mail.
The Ministry of Health has 2 toll-free lines for direct and immediate access to information on rabies:
General information on rabies is also available by calling the Rabies Hotline at 1-888-574-6656.