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Dead bat tests postive for rabies in King Township, York Region says

1st confirmed rabies case of 2020 reported by regional health officials
June 23, 2020
John Cudmore

 The Region of York has confirmed its first positive test for rabies in 2020.

A dead bat tested positive for the rabies virus in King Township, according to a news release issued June 22 by the region.

The bat was found on the lawn of a residence in the area of King Vaughan Road and Keele Street. It is believed there was no human contact with the bat.

The percentage of rabies-infected animals in Ontario is considered low, but people should avoid approaching or coming into contact with wildlife.

People are advised not to keep wild animals as pets in or near their homes.

The rabies virus affects the central nervous system of warm-blooded mammals, including humans, and is transmitted through a bite, lick or scratch from an infected animal.

While most reported cases involve wild animals such as bats, foxes, raccoons and skunks, domestic pets such as dogs and cats are also at risk.

Once clinical signs of rabies appear in a human, the disease is usually fatal.

A post-exposure vaccine is available for people who come into contact with a rabid animal.

York Region Public Health investigates all animal exposure incidents.

If you have been bitten, scratched or had contact with an animal, immediately wash the wound with soap and water for a minimum of 15 minutes, seek medical attention and report the incident to York Region Public Health at 1-800-361-5653.

Below are some things to know regarding rabies:

Store green bins and garbage containers inside the garage or basement.

Contact a professional company to proof your home from nesting wild animals.

For more information about rabies control, visit