A skunk with rabies, found in Chambly

A rabies skunk was found on September 24 on Pierre-Cognac Street, near Duvernay Park, in Chambly.

The Montérégie public health department invites people who have been bitten, scratched or who have touched a skunk or a wild animal since September in this area to contact Info-Santé by dialing 8-1-1. .

“Parents shouldn’t hesitate to ask their children if they’ve touched a skunk. Rabies is a disease caused by a virus that is transmitted from a sick animal to a person through a bite or contact between the animal’s contaminated saliva and a wound or mucous membrane (eye, nose, mouth). It is a fatal disease when it develops. However, getting the disease can be avoided by getting the vaccine as soon as possible after a bite or other risky exposure to rabies. “

“It is a fatal disease when it develops. ” – Public health

Neighborhood dogs or cats could also have been in contact with this contagious animal. It is recommended that you see a veterinarian if your pet has been injured by a wild animal or has symptoms compatible with rabies, such as unusual aggressiveness, disorientation, or paralysis.

The Montérégie public health department reminds you that we must never approach wild or unknown animals, whether they are dead or alive. She invites you to have your dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies, according to the veterinarian’s recommendations.

We remind you that it is important to teach children safe behaviors to adopt with regard to animals and to exercise constant vigilance with the youngest. More information is available at the following links: https://rageduratonlaveur.gouv.qc.ca/


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