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CIPHI Seminar Series: The Public Health Response to Raccoon Rabies in Hamilton
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 661 University Ave, 17th Floor Toronto, ON M5G 1M1 Boardroom 17-53
Infectious Diseases; Environmental and Occupational Health; Research and Collaboration; Learning and development
City: Toronto
Type: Seminar
Format: In Person; Webinar

Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

On December 4, 2015 City of Hamilton Public Health Services received a report from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) of raccoon strain rabies in a raccoon that attacked two dogs.  This positive raccoon was the first rabies positive terrestrial animal since 1994 in Hamilton, the first raccoon rabies strain in Ontario since 2006, and the first case of raccoon rabies ever reported in Southern Ontario.

This presentation will:

  • provide an overview of the response program initiated by the City of Hamilton Public Health Services and key local and provincial partners.
  • discuss the goals of the response program to control and eliminate raccoon rabies within the City through surveillance, vaccination and education.
  • outline the responsibilities for public health services which include detection, prevention of spread through incident response, revising risk levels, implementing criteria into risk assessments and increasing the availability of low cost rabies vaccines for pet owners.
  • discuss the development and implementation of an all-encompassing awareness campaign to educate the public on the risks, responsibilities and precautions to prevent the possibility of any human related rabies cases

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.Presenter:  Connie DeBenedet

Presenter:  Connie DeBenedet

Connie DeBenedet now lives and breathes nothing but raccoon rabies.  Prior to her deep immersion into the raccoon rabies situation in Hamilton, she worked as the Vector Borne Disease Specialist for Hamilton Public Health Services after spending time working as a PHI in all programs, from food safety to water safety and infectious diseases.  Previously, Connie worked for Health Canada as an Environmental Health Officer working to protect the health and safety of some of the First Nations Communities under the Treaty 3 agreement.  She started her career after graduating from Ryerson in 1997 and completing her field training in Northwestern Ontario.  You can contact Connie at
CIPHI Seminar Series is approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). For more information, contact


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