The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has been notified by Hamilton Public Health Services of another stray cat that has tested positive for rabies.
Similar to an incident last August, the cat was found in an area of Hamilton very close to Caledonia.
Further investigation is now underway to determine if any individuals were exposed to the rabid animal.
Since the December 2015 start of this most recent outbreak, 187 raccoons and 85 skunks have tested positive for the raccoon strain of rabies. However, this is only the second stray cat in the area to test positive.
“It is an unfortunate reminder that rabies can be easily transmitted to our feline friends and we our encouraging pet owners to make sure their animal’s rabies vaccination status is up-to-date,” said Dr. Malcolm Lock, acting medical officer of health for the health unit.
In addition to having pets up-to-date on rabies vaccinations, the health unit is also encouraging the public to stay away from unfamiliar or wild animals and take steps to limit pets contact with wildlife.
Anyone in Haldimand and Norfolk wanting to report wildlife exhibiting abnormal behaviour should contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry rabies information line at 1-888-574-6656, or their local animal control.
For more information about rabies, visit www.hnhu.org/health-topic/rabies.