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SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — For the primary time in 14 years, P.E.I. has confirmed a case of rabies in an animal.
In an electronic mail to SaltWire, a consultant with the Division of Agriculture confirmed that the animal examined constructive in a Canadian Meals Inspection Company (CFIA) lab.
The assertion, launched collectively Sept. 27 with the Division of Well being and Wellness, stated that the Chief Public Well being Workplace (CPHO) is liable for following up with anybody who could have been bitten by or uncovered to a rabid animal. The CPHO would then administer acceptable vaccination or immunoglobulin.
As properly, the chief provincial veterinary officer could be liable for offering recommendation concerning some other animal that will have been uncovered to the rabies virus.
The CFIA instructed SaltWire in an electronic mail that the animal was a bat discovered within the Charlottetown space.
In line with an online pamphlet from the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC), there have solely been seven circumstances of rabies in people transmitted from a bat.
Per the CWHC, rabies is “nearly all the time deadly” as soon as signs seem. It urges individuals to by no means contact a bat, dwelling or lifeless, with their naked arms. If one makes contact with a bat, they’re suggested to contact their native public well being unit, in addition to wildlife or animal management to seize the bat safely.
Kristin Gardiner is a reporter with SaltWire in Prince Edward Island. She may be reached by electronic mail at [email protected] and adopted on X @KristinGardiner.