“Rabies is real”.
That’s the name of an awareness campaign launched by the City of Hamilton to coincide with World Rabies Day.
The campaign features eye-catching posters of the Baccoon, a combination bat and raccoon and of the Skox, a combination skunk and fox.
Public Health’s Susan Harding-Cruz says the while such creatures are not real, they want people to understand that rabies is, and there have been 168 cases in animals in Hamilton since last year.
The outbreak has included five species, raccoons, skunks, a fox, a bat and a stray cat.
There have been no human cases and to keep it that way, residents are reminded to keep their pets supervised and vaccinated, while also keeping their distance from wild animals.