Puppies sold at a Toronto flea market may have been exposed to rabies. Toronto Public Health is asking anyone who touched or purchased puppies at Dr. Flea’s Flea Market, Booth # 1513, anytime since January 5 to call their local public health unit immediately. Health unit staff will assess your exposure, and determine if you need a rabies vaccine. Rabies, if contracted by humans, is usually fatal. Vaccination can prevent the illness from developing, but must be administered as soon after exposure to the virus as possible.
Press releases on rabies investigation:
* Update on Toronto rabies investigation (PDF file size 33KB)
* Rabies investigation expands (PDF file size 39KB)
* Toronto Public Health investigating rabies exposures (PDF file size 39KB)
For more information on rabies:
* Rabies in Humans, Questions and Answers (Ministry Of health and Long-Term Care)