Reporting Animal Bites (for Health Care Professionals)

Report any suspected cases immediately when a person has been exposed to a rabid or suspected rabid animal. This is required under Health Protection and Promotion Act, Ontario Regulation 557 - Communicable Diseases-General.

Report an Animal Bite

Step 1: Complete the report online or print the form.

Step 2: Fax the completed form back to Public Health at 905-641-4994.

Step 3: Call 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7590 (Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) to ensure a proper risk assessment is completed.

After hours and on weekends, call at 905-984-3690 or 1-877-552-5579.

Follow-up to the Report

An inspector will follow-up with the patient and will assess the appropriate response, which could be one of the following options:

Option 1: Patient is okay, no further action.

Option 2: Recommend a rabies post-exposure prophylaxis.

If the patient is 16 or under, ensure that the patient is also assessed further as per the Canadian Immunization Guidelines.

Request a Rabies Vaccine

Call 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7590. (Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) to request rabies immune globulin and vaccine.

After hours and on weekends, call 905-984-3690 or 1-877-552-5579.

Additional Information

Call 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7790 (Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) for more information.


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