May 10, 2007
Media Release

May is Rabies Awareness Month


NEWMARKET May is Rabies Awareness Month and this year York Region Health Services aims to raise awareness about rabies in bats.
 
Rabies is a viral infection transmitted in the saliva of infected animals. The virus enters the central nervous system of the host, and once symptoms appear it is almost always fatal. A post-exposure vaccine is available in the event of contact with a rabid animal. 
 
Bats are wild animals and as such they should not be approached or touched. Never try to catch a bat or keep one as a pet. If you have bats living in your home and want to remove them, it is best to contact a professional pest control company or wildlife removal company.
 
Although most animal bites are readily apparent, bites inflicted by bats on a sleeping person, an infant, a child or those with cognitive impairments, may not be felt or leave any visible bite marks.  When dealing with bats, please follow these instructions:
 
 If you suspect that you may have been bitten by a bat or discover the presence of a bat in a sleeping quarter it is important that you report this to both your family doctor and Health Connection immediately
 If you discover a bat outdoors and it is found to be either injured, acting strange or dead do not touch it. Call Health Connection for further direction
 If you discover a live bat in your home, leave the room, close the door, and call Health Connection.  Never attempt to remove any wild animal from your home
 Bats can transmit the rabies virus to domestic pets (dogs, cats, etc) so it is important to ensure your pets vaccinations are up to date.  If you suspect that your pets or livestock have come into contact with a rabid animal, contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) at (905) 883-1600 
During the month of May, York Region Health Services is working with various partners to increase awareness about the dangers and risks associated with rabies.
On Saturday, May 26th, from 11 a.m. 12 noon, in collaboration with the Newmarket Home Depot, York Region public health inspectors are co-presenting a rabies awareness and home bat-proofing seminar.  The Newmarket Home Depot is located at 17850 Yonge Street, Newmarket.
In conjunction with the Town of Newmarket and the Canadian Veterinary Association, York Region Health Services is hosting a low-cost rabies clinic on Sunday, May 27 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. at the Hollingsworth Arena, 35 Patterson Drive, Newmarket.  Residents can have their dogs and cats (over 3 months of age) vaccinated for $15 each.  For the safety of the pets and the pet handlers, all animals must be under control either on a leash or in a pet carrier.
For more information on this or any other health-related topics, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit www.york.ca

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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell (905) 716-2717
 Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca
 
 

Media Avisory

 
May 10, 2007 May is Rabies Awareness Month
 

NEWMARKET York Region Health Services in partnership with the Town of Newmarket and the Canadian Veterinary Association will hold a low-cost rabies clinic. Pet owners are encouraged to attend and have their dog/cat (over 3 months of age) vaccinated against rabies. For the safety of the pets and the pet handlers, all animals must be under control either on a leash or in a pet carrier.  All pit bulls, any pit bull terrier, Staffordshire terrier, American pit bull terrier or a dog that has the appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar to the dogs referred to must also be muzzled.
There is only one clinic available in the Region this year that offers a discounted rate. The details are as follows:
 
WHERE: Hollingsworth Arena 35 Patterson Street, Newmarket
 (just off Davis Drive between Prospect Street and Leslie Street)
 
WHEN: Sunday, May 27, 2007
 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
 
COST: $15.00 each
 
For more information on this or any other health-related topics, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell (905) 716-2717
 Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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