September 14, 2010
Media Release

Awareness and vaccination are the best defences against rabies

Pefferlaw Ratepayers Association hosts a low-cost rabies clinic
NEWMARKET – September 28 is World Rabies Day and marks the global effort to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of rabies prevention.  The Regional Municipality of York invites residents to protect their cats and dogs from the rabies virus at an upcoming low-cost vaccination clinic hosted by The Pefferlaw Ratepayers Association.

Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals, including humans.  Rabies is transmitted when there is contact with the saliva of an infected animal through a bite, lick or scratch.  A post-exposure vaccine is available for humans in the event of contact with a rabid animal.
 
In Ontario, it is mandatory that all dogs and cats over the age of three months be vaccinated against the rabies virus.  Residents can have their pets vaccinated at a veterinary clinic or by attending a low-cost community rabies clinic. The Pefferlaw Ratepayers Association is hosting a low-cost rabies clinic this Saturday.
 
WHEN: Saturday, September 18
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
WHERE: Pefferlaw Fire Hall
270 Pefferlaw Road
Town of Georgina
 
COST:  $20 per animal over three months of age (cash only)
 
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. 
 
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 be muzzled.
 
For more information on rabies, to report a biting incident or any other public health related topic, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-252-9933.
 
More information on World Rabies Day can be found at the official website, www.worldrabiesday.org
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell: 905 716-9753
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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