N.B. continues rabies prevention program

As New Brunswick continues to prevent the spread of rabies in western parts of the province this spring, officials are reminding residents to be extra vigilant in controlling their pets.

The province says traps were placed in the Beechwood area of Carleton County on May 15 and will remain there until June 2. Any animals caught in the traps will be tested for rabies.

“It is essential to prevent and control the spread of rabies in our province,” said Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Nicole Wanamaker.

“We must remain vigilant to prevent rabies from reaching domestic animals or humans. The program activities allow us to understand the situation and prevent spread.”

Officials say residents are advised not to disturb the traps, especially with pets, to avoid accidental captures. New Brunswickers are also urged to protect themselves by keeping a safe distance from wildlife and refraining from relocating wildlife.

They should also ensure the vaccinations of pets and livestock are up to date and seek medical attention if they have been bitten or scratched by an animal they believe could be rabid.

Government says residents should report animals with rabies-like signs to Tele-Care 811.

More information is available here.

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