The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is responsible for protecting and educating people about rabies. Rabies is a transmittable and deadly disease carried by mammals and bats. It can be transmitted to humans through animal bites or contact of the animal’s saliva with eyes, mouth or open wound.
The Health Unit investigates all reports of animal bites and suspicious direct human contacts with wild animals or bats that have occurred in the five counties. We also work closely with veterinarians to prevent the spread of this disease by organizing annual vaccination clinics for cats and dogs. The vaccination of dogs and cats against rabies is mandatory for pet owners.
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is responsible for monitoring rabies activity among wild animals.
All animal bites to humans should be reported to the Eastern Ontario Health Unit by calling 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120.
Animal Bites Investigation
Follow-Up of Positive Rabies Reports
Annual Rabies Clinics: Protect your pets and your family!
Rabies and Your Pet (Healthful)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Ministry of Natural Resources: Rabies in Ontario
Public Health Agency of Canada: Infectious Diseases