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Rabies - Protect Family and Pets

In Canada, rabies is transmitted by wildlife. Foxes, skunks, and bats are the main carriers of the disease.1 There are a number of steps you can take to protect your family and your pets from being exposed to rabies.


Actions you can take:

  • Vaccinate your pets for rabies.
  • Do not let pets roam free.
  • Keep your pets indoors at night.
  • Avoid feeding or handling wild animals.
  • Teach children to stay away from wild or stray animals.
  • Do not try to trap wild animals.
  • Do not keep wild animals as pets.
  • Do not touch dead or sick animals. Never use your bare hands, use gloves and/or a shovel.
  • Call your local health unit or doctor, and go to the hospital if you or a family member have been in contact with a rabid animal.

Rabies Update

In 2021, two bats have tested positive for rabies within the Middlesex-London area. One bat was from the City of London and the other was from Glencoe. Low numbers of positive bats have been seen over the past few years.

View local rabies statistics →

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Prevent Bats

Information about bats and how to get rid of them can be found on the Government of Canada's Bats web page.

Prevent Small Animals

View preventing and managing conflicts with small animals to learn ways you can protect yourself from small animals, such as, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, etc.

Additional Information

To speak to a Public Health Inspector on the Environmental Health Team about rabies, please call:

  • 519-663-5317
Date of creation: December 28, 2012
Last modified on: July 21, 2021