Rabies

Rabies is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, which is almost always fatal. Rabies is usually transmitted to humans from the bite of an infected animal. Bats, skunks, foxes and raccoons are the most common animals to have rabies in Canada; however, human rabies cases are very rare. Following exposure to a potential rabid animal, individuals should thoroughly wash the wound and seek immediate medical attention to assess the need for post exposure vaccination.

For animal testing or suspected cases of rabies, please contact your local public health unit.

 

Event

PHO Rounds: International Border Surveillance Study

Arriving international passengers at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport were enrolled in a prospective study of COVID-19 risk upon arrival and during quarantine in September and October 2020.  

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Updated 30 Jan 2020