Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system. It is spread through contact with the saliva of an infected animal. Bites, licks and scratches from infected animals can spread the virus to humans and other warm-blooded animals.
The most common animals that can carry rabies are raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes and coyotes.
Domestic animals such as cats, dogs and cattle can also carry the virus if they are exposed to an infected animal.
If you have been bitten or scratched by an animal, wash the wound with soap and water and contact your family physician immediately.
It is also very important you report the event to York Region Community and Health Services, York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933.
Brochures & Guidelines
Fight the bite! Protecting yourself against rabies
For more information on rabies including signs and symptoms, treatment and protection. Tips on bat proofing your home are also included.
Guidelines for Management of Suspected Rabies Exposures
For Health Care Professionals
Quarantine Information for Pet Owners
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Includes information on rabies, vaccinations and rabies in pets and animals.
Ministry of Natural Resources
Includes information on the history of rabies in Ontario, rabies control efforts and fact sheets.
Public Health Agency of Canada
Includes information on rabies for travel purposes, vaccines and prevention recommendations.
World Health Organization
Includes information on rabies treatment, vaccines and rabies in children.
For more information on rabies or to speak with a Public Health Inspector, please contact
York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933.