The Porcupine Health Unit investigates all animal incidents where there is a break to the skin, such as teeth marks and scratches, for the risk of rabies.
If you have been involved in an incident, wash the wound with soap and water, contact your physician or visit your local hospital immediately. Health professionals are responsible to report animal incidents to their local health units. Animal incidents can be reported by calling the Porcupine Health Unit at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818 where someone can be reached 24 hours a day.
Animals that are involved in biting incidents are confined for a period of 10 days, usually occurring at the owner’s home. After the confinement, a public health inspector will release a healthy animal from confinement to conclude the investigation.
In the cases where the animal cannot be confined (due to a death or being a stray), consultation will be made with the physician and the OAVT (Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians) Public Health Rabies Response Program, to determine the need for further rabies testing of the animal and/or administration of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis to the victim.