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Rabies is an infectious, contagious, incurable and fatal disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system of mammals, including humans.

  • Never touch a bat, dead or alive
  • Avoid approaching, touching, patting or feeding a wild or domestic animal you do not know, even it if looks harmless
  • Teach children the above-mentioned preventive measures
  • Teach children not to provoke animals
  • Get your pet(s) vaccinated
  • If you have been bitten, clawed or licked by an animal suspected of having rabies or have had direct contact with a bat: 

    • wash the wound or exposed area with a lot of soap and water for 10 to 15 minutes
    • call Info-Santé at 811 or see a doctor

For more information

Raccoon Rabies Prevention - Wild Animal Vaccination in Estrie and Montérégie, and in Parks in the Montreal Region 

Starting on August 20, the Québec Government will launch an operation to spread vaccine baits in Montérégie, Estrie and the Greater Montreal area, with the aim of maintaining and enhancing immunity against rabies among raccoon, skunk and fox populations. The bait will be spread manually or by air, depending on the area concerned. 

Read the media release

Public, Children's Health, Elder Health, Women's Health, Men's Health, Health A-Z, Summer, Prevention, Rabies

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Last Update : 04 April 2020