Prevention of Raccoon Rabies - Study of vaccine coverage Among raccoons in montérégie
Québec, le 5 octobre 2017 –
After dropping and spreading nearly
550,000 raccoon rabies vaccine bait capsules in August and September of
this year, the Québec Government will carry out a survey of vaccine coverage
from October 9 to 20 next, in 28 municipalities in the Montérégie
The purpose of the survey is to assess the effectiveness of the
raccoon rabies vaccination operation, which took place in Montérégie, the
Eastern Townships and Montreal's major parks with the aim of maintaining and
strengthening rabies immunization among wild raccoon, skunk and fox
Teams from the Ministère des
Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) will install cages in the natural
habitats of raccoons (woodlots, watercourse banks and the edges of fields) over
an area of 573 km², in order to capture live raccoons.
will be taken from the captured raccoons to check their level of immunity
against rabies. The animals will then be released in the vicinity of the capture
site. It is important to note that:
- The animals will always be handled by animal health
professionals, under MFFP supervision.
- The cages comply with international trapping
- The cages will be checked daily, and any animal of a non-targeted species
that is captured accidentally will immediately be released at the capture
Advice for citizens during the
|Coverage Survey - 2017
To ensure the success of the operation and to protect
themselves against raccoon rabies, citizens in the municipalities concerned are
asked to follow these instructions:
Keep pets indoors or under supervision, to
prevent them from being captured in the cages. Any pets that are captured will
be released by the MFFP teams.
Do not approach a cage and never attempt to
free a captured animal. If necessary, call the telephone number shown on the
cage, or call 1 877 346-6763.
Rabies is a deadly
disease that can be spread to humans by infected animals. People can therefore
contract rabies from pets that are infected by virus-carrying wild
For additional information on raccoon rabies in Québec:
If, at any time, you are bitten or scratched
by an animal or come into contact with its saliva, clean the wound, however
minor it may seem, for 10 minutes using soap and water, and contact Info-Santé
immediately by dialling 811, to obtain proper medical
If you live in an enhanced
surveillance area, you can play an important role in helping to prevent
raccoon rabies by reporting dead raccoons, skunks and foxes, and any wild
animals that are disoriented, injured, unusually aggressive or paralyzed. You
may do this by contacting the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs
at 1 877 346-6763 or by completing the online form at rageduratonlaveur.gouv.qc.ca
Never approach an unknown
animal, whether wild or domesticated, even if it looks harmless.
your vet to have your pet animals vaccinated against rabies.
Take steps to avoid attracting wild animals onto your property, for example
by putting garbage cans out of reach of wild animals.
Do not relocate unwanted wild animals.
Relocation can spread diseases such as rabies to other areas.
Consult a vet if your
pet is bitten by or comes into contact with a wild animal
or an animal that may be able to transmit rabies.