Durham Region Is Warning Residents About Rabies After Increase In Wild Animal Attacks

Two residents got bitten by coyotes last week.

Toronto Staff Writer
Wild Animal Attacks Has Durham Region Worries About Rabies

A recent string of wild animal attacks has the Durham Region Health Department warning residents to stay away from some of the GTA's most common critters.

The region asked people in a statement on Thursday to keep an eye out for coyotes, raccoons and foxes who may be carrying the rabies virus.

The region states that it has seen an increase in wild animal bites over the past few weeks, including two coyote bites last week alone. These two victims are now receiving treatment for potential rabies exposure.

Last week, Durham Police posted a notice after a six-year-old girl was bitten by one of the animals. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at a local hospital.

"Incidents such as these are very unfortunate," Dr. Pepi McTavish, Durham Region's associate medical officer of health said. "It is very important for residents to remain vigilant and avoid interactions with wild animals, even if the animals appear sick or injured."

If you are bitten or scratched by a wild animal, the region advises that you immediately wash the area, seek medical attention and report the incident to the Health Department.

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