June 30, 2011 11:28
The rabies vaccine is not a part of the core vaccination recommendations in Western Canada, however rabies is considered a core vaccine in Ontario.
Rabid horses are very rare in Saskatchewan.
There have been a total of 28 confirmed rabies cases in wild and domestic animals in Saskatchewan last year.
26 cases were wild animals.
2 cases were domestic animals (dog & cat)
no horses were reported
A retro study indicated that there was 1 positive rabies horse reported in the past 10 years in Saskatchewan.
The conclusion is rabies in horses in very, very rare.
Dogs and cats will play with, kill and otherwise entertain themselves with a rabid animal, horses and cattle have little to no interest in, for example a bat flopping on the ground.
June 30, 2011 07:45
Just a reminder if your horse is depressed and acting like something’s caught in it’s mouth don’t go rooting around in it’s mouth with an ungloved hand it could be a rare one that catches rabies
June 30, 2011 07:42
The Ministry of Agriculture has been informed that three bats from Saskatoon recently tested positive for rabies. Below is a summary of the situation:
- Three big brown bats (Eptisicus fuscus) were submitted to the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC) for testing by staff at the Saskatchewan Wildlife Rehabilitation Society. Rabies was suspected and necropsies were performed on all three animals and all tested positive.
- The three animals were taken from three different areas of the city (Stonebridge, Montgomery Place and the University Drive) area over a very short period of time (May 25, May 26, and June 16).
- Public Health was notified by the CCWHC through their biosafety officer through their normal reporting protocol
- Public Health investigated and determined there was no human exposure to the bats. Leather gloves were worn by both the finder and the submitter
It is highly unusual to have three bats (all of one species) test positive in such a short period of time and from different parts of the city. As Big Brown bats are colonial nesters and the females are in the maternity roosts right now, there are undoubtedly other bats that are infected with the virus. Rabies will continue to cycle within a roosting colony and will eventually burn itself out but not before it decimates the population of animals within the colony.
Increasing numbers of wildlife are being found in city environments, and consequently there is increasing contact between wildlife and people. Veterinarians and members of the general public are reminded that rabies is one of the possible diseases you might be exposed to when handling wild animals. Always take precautions when encountering sick or dead bats or other animals (i.e. wear gloves, avoid contact with exposed skin).
For more information
· Contact Wendy Wilkins, Animal Health Unit, Ministry of Agriculture at (306) 798-0253; or Dr. Domoslai 384-7676
June 29, 2011 08:14
This was pulled out of the inside of the rear leg of a mare who walked around with it stuck in for over a week. Had to cut down to the opening in order to reach in 5 inches with a medical grapple to pull it out. The mare is doing fine.
June 23, 2011 19:24
During an EHV outbreak, knowledge and awareness are powerful tools in controlling the spread of the virus among horse populations.