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Animal bites

Report to health unit within one business day. (tel: 705-267-1181 or fax: 705-360-7324)

Rabies is a disease of the central nervous system that affects humans and other mammals. It is usually fatal if you are infected and not treated. The rabies virus is concentrated in the saliva and central nervous tissue of a rabid animal. Infection can occur if a rabid animal bites a person, if the saliva of a rabid animal enters a cut or scratch, or if the saliva comes in contact with the moist tissues of the mouth, nose or eyes.

Children should be warned against handling dead, sick or wild animals including raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats. Take a key role in educating children about rabies and helping to prevent the spread of this deadly disease!

If a child or staff member is bitten or scratched by an animal (domestic or wild) or has contact with a bat:

  • Immediately wash the affected area(s) thoroughly with soap and water (first aid). Apply an antiseptic to the wound(s).
  • Seek medical attention.
  • All persons having information concerning animal bites or other animal contact incidents are required to notify the Porcupine Health Unit under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, Reg. 557.