Toronto Public Health investigating rabies exposures

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Toronto Public Health is investigating human exposure to rabies from dogs purchased at a Toronto flea market. One puppy purchased at booth #1513 at Dr. Flea’s Hwy 27 and 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 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.

Source: Toronto Public Health, Canada

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