Animal bites are common. Pets, especially dogs, account for about 85 to 90% of bites. Possible exposure is more frequent in private homes than in public places. All bites pose a potential risk of rabies virus transmission. The degree of risk varies on the species of the animal, the site of the bite and the depth of the wound.
Rabies can be transmitted to humans. Transmission is through bites or if fresh wounds or the mucous membranes of the eyes nose or mouth are exposed to the saliva of an infected animal. Rabies is a deadly disease and there is no treatment. However, rapid administration of a vaccine can help prevent the disease.
In Quebec, raccoons, bats and foxes can be infected with the rabies virus. Other animals can also get rabies if they are scratched by an infected animal or come in contact with its saliva. Individuals should always apply safety guidelines to unknown animals (wild or domestic).
Visit the Rabies section of the Québec.ca website.
Visitez la section Rage du site Québec.ca.