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Rabies Awareness Day - September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016 is Rabies Awareness Day.  With five rabies cases identified in West Lincoln and Grimsby areas the Lincoln County Humane Society is advising residents to use caution around wild animals.  “Rabies is a disease that can be transmitted to humans and residents are advised not to interact with raccoons in the Town” said Kevin Strooband, Executive Director, Lincoln County Humane Society.  While Kevin stresses there is no need for panic, he reminds people to be diligent in educating their kids and using caution if a raccoon is encountered. The Ministry will continue to collect and test specimens from the Grimsby area while they work to vaccinate the raccoons living in the area with an oral vaccine that is dispersed in cubes. 

 The LCHS and MRNF will continue to be diligent in their efforts and residents are urged to use caution when encountering wildlife and asked to report sick or injured wildlife in Grimsby to the Lincoln County Humane Society, at 1-800-263-2469.  Unusual behaviours to watch for include raccoons that are: lethargic (slow-moving, almost drunk like), walking in circles and falling over or curled in a ball.  For more information:  http://www.niagararegion.ca/living/health_wellness/disease-prevent/rabies.aspx

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