Rabies Awareness Month

May is Rabies Awareness Month and Lambton Public Health is encouraging residents to take the proper precautions to protect against the deadly viral disease.

Public Health Inspector Michael Richardson says rabies can be spread to humans through the bite or scratch of an infected animal.

Richardson says the symptoms of rabies include an apprehensive feeling, numbness around the wound site, paralysis and psychological effects.

If you’re bitten by an animal, it’s recommended you wash the wound with soap and water and receive medical attention.

It’s mandatory for anyone who may have been exposed to rabies to call Lambton Public Health (519-383-8331) and talk to a public health inspector