Ra­bies cli­nics in mid-Sep­tem­ber

Le Reflet (The News) - - ACTUALITÉS • NEWS -

The Eas­tern On­ta­rio Health Unit is sche­du­ling a se­ries of ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion cli­nics throu­ghout the re­gion for mid-Sep­tem­ber.

The cli­nics will take place Sept. 16, 1 to 4 p.m., at va­rious ve­te­ri­na­ry cli­nics throu­ghout Eas­tern On­ta­rio. The Eas­tern On­ta­rio Health Unit (EOHU) is wor­king in part­ner­ship with lo­cal ve­te­ri­na­rians to spon­sor the cli­nics, to help en­sure that the re­gion’s cat and dog po­pu­la­tion has gua­ran­teed pro­tec­tion against the risk of ra­bies.

Pro­vin­cial law re­quires all cats and dogs that are three months or ol­der get ra­bies shots. This ap­plies al­so to pets which re­main in­doors all the time.

Cost for the cli­nics is $20 for each pet brought in for vac­ci­na­tion. No exa­mi­na­tion is re­qui­red or will take place. De­tails about lo­ca­tions for the ra­bies cli­nics is at www. eohu.ca. The web­site al­so pro­vides ad­vice on the symp­toms of ra­bies and dea­ling with a sus­pec­ted ra­bid ani­mal.

The EOHU em­pha­sizes that the cli­nics are part of an an­nual pro­gram to re­duce the risk of ra­bies in the re­gion and that there have been no cases of ra­bies re­por­ted in Eas­tern On­ta­rio. There are re­ports from Sou­thern On­ta­rio of an out­break of ra­bies in rac­coons.

Be­sides rac­coons, other wild ani­mals which are sus­cep­tible to ra­bies are bats and skunks. Dogs and cats which are al­lo­wed to run loose out­side may contract ra­bies if they en­coun­ter and are bit­ten by an in­fec­ted ani­mal or come in contact with the sa­li­va.

Le Bu­reau de santé de l’est de l’On­ta­rio pré­voit une sé­rie de séances de vac­ci­na­tion contre la rage dans toute la ré­gion pour la mi-sep­tembre. Dé­tails : www.eohu.ca.

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