OHe is therefore announcing the end of vaccine bait spreading operations in Montérégie. However, like last year, surveillance remains “enhanced” in this region and in Estrie.
Vaccine baits were distributed annually to immunize raccoons, skunks and foxes against raccoon rabies, and thus protect the health of the human population.
In 2016, the Department undertook to reduce the territory targeted by these spreading operations, because the control efforts deployed in Quebec and the United States made it possible to eliminate cases of rabies, thus reducing the threat of reintroduction into the territory. Quebecois.
In addition, no case has been identified in Quebec since the single case detected in 2015. No vaccination operation will therefore be carried out in 2021. However, the vaccination operations for raccoons are continuing in the states of Vermont, New York and New Hampshire, helping to push raccoon rabies south and protect Quebec from reintroduction.
However, Montérégie and Estrie continue to be considered regions at risk of reintroduction because of their proximity to the cases detected in the United States each year. “The enhanced surveillance operations, which will be maintained in 2021, now constitute an effective and sufficient means of continuing the fight against raccoon rabies in Quebec,” said one in a press release.
“In order to ensure adequate surveillance and quickly detect any case of rabies, the contribution of the population remains essential. Indeed, when this disease circulates in an area, reports from citizens are the best tool to quickly detect affected wild animals. “
The citizens who live in these two regions can make an important contribution to the fight against raccoon rabies. They are therefore invited to report the presence of raccoons, skunks and foxes that are dead or that appear disoriented, injured, abnormally aggressive or paralyzed by calling 1 877 346-6763 or by completing the online form on Québec.ca / rageduratonlaveur.
In the event of a bite, scratch or contact with saliva, the wound should be cleaned with soap and water for ten minutes, even if it is apparently minor. We communicate quickly with Info-Santé 811 in order to obtain an adequate medical follow-up, it adds.
The Ministry suggests taking measures not to attract wild animals to its property. For example, outdoor garbage cans should be stored out of the reach of animals and avoided feeding pets outside.