Local skunk tests positive for rabies

June 4, 2018

Public Health has been informed that a skunk in the Elora area has tested positive for rabies.

This is a reminder to stay away from all wildlife, including bats, raccoons, foxes and stray cats and dogs. Pet owners should also vaccinate their dogs and cats for rabies.

Rabies is a virus that affects mammals, including humans, and is most commonly spread by wild animals like raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats. Rabies is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal, usually through a bite. However, saliva can also enter the body through scratches, open wounds or mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and eyes.

Once the symptoms of rabies start, the disease is fatal. If you think you might have been exposed, it’s important to wash the wound or exposure site with soap and water, and seek treatment with your physician or the hospital emergency department immediately.

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, or have been in contact with a suspicious animal, report the incident to WDG Public Health at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4753. After hours, on weekends and holidays, call 1-877-884-8653.

If you suspect a wild animal has rabies, do not go near it. Contact your local animal control service or the police.

If you think your pet may have been bitten or scratched by an animal, or has been in contact with a suspicious animal, contact your veterinarian immediately.

More information about rabies.