A stray cat in Perth County has tested positive for rabies.
The cat, which was found in Mornington Ward, is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Perth County since 2009.
“This case is a reminder that rabies is still present in Perth County,” says Kate Beath, public health inspector, with the Perth District Health Unit.
“It is very important to vaccinate your pets against rabies to protect you, your family, and your community.”
Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, it is the law to vaccinate all cats and dogs over three months of age.
What is rabies?
Rabies is a virus that can be carried in the saliva of foxes, skunks, raccoons and bats. It can spread to other wild animals, your pets and humans through a bite, scratch, cut or contact with the moist tissues of the mouth, nose and eyes. Rabies is a fatal disease.
To keep your pets and family rabies-free:
• Make sure your pets have up-to-date rabies vaccinations
• Do not let your pets run free in the neighbourhood
• Keep your pets indoors at night
• Teach children to stay away from wild animals, dogs and cats they don’t know or animals that are acting strangely
Always contact Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) after your pets or livestock have had contact with a wild animal such as a skunk, fox or raccoon. Always ask permission from a pet owner before trying to pet an animal.
The Ministry of Natural Resources may be distributing rabies vaccine baits in response to this case. For more information, contact the Rabies Hotline at 1-888-574-6656.
For more information about rabies call the Health Line at 519-271-7600 ext. 267 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 ext 267 or visit www.pdhu.on.ca.