Rabies can be spread by wild and domestic animals such as raccoons, foxes, skunks, livestock, bats, dogs and cats. It can occur in both rural and urban areas throughout Ontario. Because rabies continues to exist in the wildlife population, there is always a risk for domestic animals such as dogs and cats to become infected.
Rabies in Perth County
Due to the potential for rabies exposure, the Perth District Health Unit investigates all cases where a human is bitten or scratched by an animal. Every year, between 15 and 50 Perth County residents receive rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (rabies shots) because of contact with a wild animal or with a stray dog or cat.
The number of rabid animals found in Perth County each year is low and appears to be declining. However, numerous rabies cases are still found in our neighbouring health units and pose a potential risk to our population.
|Year||Animals Tested Positive for Rabies|
|2004||1 fox, 1 skunk|
|2006||2 skunks, 2 cows|
|2007||5 skunks, 1 cow, 1 bat|
|2008||3 bats, 2 dogs, 6 skunks, 4 cows, 1 horse, 1 cat|
|2009||1 bat, 1 skunk|
|2012||1 cat, 1 bat|
|2016||1 skunk, 1 cow|
|2017||3 cows, 1 skunk|
Information on the number and species of animals with rabies in Canada
The Ministry of Natural Resources has significantly reduced the number of wildlife rabies cases in Ontario since beginning rabies control programs. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency provides rabies statistics in Canada.