Rabies is a deadly disease! Nothing can be done once symptoms have appeared. The disease can, however, be prevented by taking appropriate precautions. There is a vaccine that can provide protection against rabies in the case of a bite or exposure to the saliva of an infected animal. In order to be effective, however, it must be administered as soon as possible after the exposure.
IN THE CASE OF A BITE, WASH THE WOUND WITH SOAP AND WATER FOR 10 TO 15 MINUTES AND CALL INFO-SANTÉ 8-1-1 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
The simplest way to prevent rabies infection is to be cautious around unfamiliar animals, whether they are wild or domestic. Just follow these simple instructions:
- Never touch a bat, whether it is living or dead.
- Never touch a sick animal or the carcass of a dead animal with your bare hands.
- Avoid approaching, touching, petting, or feeding unfamiliar, stray, or wild animals. Teach your children to do likewise.
- Keep raccoons, skunks, and bats away from dwellings and structures housing domestic animals, notably by closing off access to buildings and garbage cans.
- Have pets vaccinated for rabies.
- If you touch a dead animal with your bare hands, wash them immediately afterwards.
- Never adopt stray wild animals, even if they appear harmless.
- Keep dogs in a safe place. Make sure they are tied up or on a leash. Never let your pets wander off.
- If one of your domestic animals is bitten by another animal, wear gloves when handling it. Tie your animal up or isolate it while awaiting instructions from a veterinarian.
- Report stray animals to your municipality.
- Supervise young children when they play with animals.