Rabies is a virus found in the saliva of infected wild animals such as skunks, foxes, racoons and bats. It can spread to other wild animals, farm animals, pets and humans through a scratch, cut or contact with the moist tissues of the mouth, nose and eyes. Rabies is a fatal disease.
Rabies in Ontario
According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, rabies still exists in most parts of the world. At one time, Ontario had a high number of rabid animals reported. While the number of rabies cases in Ontario has declined since 1992, cases in animals still surface in southwestern Ontario.
Be aware of the presence of wild animals in your neighbourhood, particularly where children and pets play. Be familiar with the signs of rabies in your pets and wild animals around your home, including bats that can sometimes get into the home or barn.