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Alert Date: 
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 2:45pm
Location: 
Ontario

June 5, 2018


The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has recently made changes to the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS), and amendments to O. Reg 557/17: Communicable Diseases and O. Reg 567 Rabies Immunization

Communicable Diseases: O.Reg 557

Amendments 501/17, 143/18:

Rabies

Any contact (bite, scratch, lick) with a mammal that could transmit rabies to a human (O. Reg. 501/17, s. 1.) must result in the following:

  • 10-day confinement of dogs, cats, and FERRETS [new]
  • 14-day confinement of CATTLE [new] (horse, cow, bull, steer, calf, sheep, pig or goat)

PHI may order animal to be euthanized for testing if:

  • Permission is given by owner/caregiver
  • Animal is unclaimed

Avian Influenza, Novel Influenza Viruses

“Novel influenza virus” means any new or unique influenza virus not already known to be endemically circulating in Ontario’s animal species. O. Reg. 501/17, s. 4.

Immediate notification of MOH (Medical Officer of Health) by Veterinarian and Laboratory if there is suspected and/or confirmed AVIAN and NOVEL influenza in an animal.

The following must be provided to the MOH:

  • Location of bird(s)/animal(s)
  • Contact information of owner(s)

Immediate action will be taken by the MOH to determine the extent of the infection, prevent spread to humans, and notify the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.

Echinococcus multilocularis

Within 1 business day notification of MOH by Veterinarian and Laboratory if there is a suspected and/or confirmed E. multilocularis infection in an animal.

The following must be provided to the MOH:

  • Location of animal(s)
  • Contact information of owner(s)

Action will be taken by the Medical Officer of Health to determine the extent of the infection, prevent spread to humans, and notify the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.

Rabies Immunization: Amendments to O. Reg 567:

Rabies immunization is required for dogs, cats and FERRETS [new]

  • 3 months of age and over
  • Applies to ALL jurisdictions in Ontario

LIVESTOCK [new] that are accessible to the GENERAL PUBLIC* must be vaccinated for rabies.

*Member of general public has ability to make direct contact with the livestock, i.e. touching, petting, feeding, riding.

Certificate of Immunization from Veterinarian MUST be provided to PHI upon request.

Report from veterinarian must have the following:

  • Identification of animal
  • Owner information
  • Immunization history
  • Veterinarian and clinic information
  • Medical condition(s) if any