The Huron County Health Unit is reminding the public to avoid contact with wild animals. The health unit has noticed an increase in incidents involving Huron County residents and wild animals.
Public Health Inspector Patrick Landry says some people have been bitten when they have tried to pet or cuddle a wild animal.
“There is always the risk of rabies when anyone comes in contact with a wild animal,” says Landry. “At least one rabid animal has been identified every year in Huron County since 2016.”
Rabies is a viral disease that is fatal to humans. It is passed to humans from saliva of infected animals. Pet owners are required by law to have all cats and dogs over three months of age immunized against rabies.
Avoid feeding wild animals, as that can attract them to your home. “It’s also important to remind children to stay away from wild animals,” says Landry. “If you see a baby animal that appears to be orphaned, leave it alone. Chances are good that the animal’s mother is nearby. The possible danger to you or your child outweighs the good you might do for the animal. Notify the nearest animal control office instead.”
For more information, contact your local veterinary clinic or the Huron County Health Unit at (519) 482-3416 or toll-free 1-877-837-6143.