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.
PHO Grand Rounds: Swipe right: Using the internet for public health interventions for sexually transmitted infections
This will be complemented by a presentation from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, describing their experience implementing internet-based STI contact management strategies, including STI contact follow-up using social networking sites and health promotion.