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.

YearAnimals Tested Positive for Rabies
20002 skunks
20015 skunks
20021 skunk
20031 fox
20041 fox, 1 skunk
20053 bats
20062 skunks, 2 cows
20075 skunks, 1 cow, 1 bat
20083 bats, 2 dogs, 6 skunks, 4 cows, 1 horse, 1 cat
20091 bat, 1 skunk
20121 cat, 1 bat
20151 cow
20161 skunk, 1 cow
20173 cows, 1 skunk
20181 cow
20191 bat

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.