Toronto Public Health investigating rabies exposures



    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - Toronto Public Health is investigating human
exposure to rabies from dogs purchased at a Toronto flea market. One puppy
purchased at booth No. 1513 at Dr. Flea's Hwy 27 & Albion Rd Flea Market on
Sunday, January 13 tested positive for rabies after being brought to the
Toronto Humane Society.
    Toronto Public Health is asking people to call 416-338-7600 if they have
touched or purchased a puppy from this booth on Sunday, January 13. This line
will be open until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and then will re-open at 8:30 a.m.
Thursday.
    Rabies is a rare condition in Ontario, and, if left untreated, is usually
fatal for humans and animals. People who have been exposed to rabies must be
vaccinated to prevent illness. The rabies virus is found in the saliva of a
rabid animal and can be spread through a bite, cut or scratch, or if the
saliva comes in contact with the moist tissues of the mouth, nose or eyes.
    Toronto Public Health is reminding the public to purchase or adopt
animals from reputable sources and always ensure that the mother of the
puppies has been vaccinated. It is also important that all pets have
up-to-date rabies vaccinations.
    Several other health units in the surrounding area are involved in this
investigation, which is ongoing. Further updates will be provided as
necessary.
    For more information, visit www.toronto.ca/health. Rabies information can
also be found at
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program//pubhealth/rabies/qa/rabies
_qa.html.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Susan Sperling, Media Relations
Coordinator, Toronto Public Health, (416) 338-7974, ssperli@toronto.ca

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