Hal­ton re­ports 10th case of rac­coon strain ra­bies

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

BURLINGTON — Hal­ton Re­gion is re­port­ing the 10th con­firmed case of rac­coon strain ra­bies in Burlington since Oc­to­ber 2016 when the first case sur­faced.

The health de­part­ment re­ceived test re­sults from the Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency on Feb. 13 con­firm­ing that a skunk found in Burlington had a rac­coon strain of ra­bies.

No other de­tails were avail­able about the lat­est case.

The Health De­part­ment is re­mind­ing res­i­dents to avoid con­tact with rac­coons, skunks and other wild an­i­mals.

Hamil­ton has seen far more cases of rac­coon strain ra­bies. Since 2015, 224 an­i­mals have been found with the strain, in­clud­ing 140 rac­coons, 81 skunks, two cats and one fox.

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