Environmental Public Health Week 2014 - Day 5
Rabies Prevention and Control
Did you know?
The PHI/EHO works to prevent the occurrence of rabies in humans. This is achieved by increasing the public's awareness of the disease through education and by providing post-exposure treatment to persons exposed to animals suspected or known to have rabies.
Environmental Public Health Professionals in Ontario work to ensure the public’s risk to rabies is reduced. On a daily basis we:
- Investigate animal exposure for the purpose of rabies surveillance.
- Ensure rabies vaccination compliance with Ontario Regulation 567.
- Work with doctors and nurse practitioners to schedule and administer rabies post exposure prophylaxis when required as per the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care document on management of rabies exposure.
- Educate the public on handling stray or wild animals and to report if a bite or scratch occurs.
What can you do?
During Environmental Public Health Week we need to recognize and be thankful for the hard work of the Public Health Inspector and other Environmental Public Health Professionals. Why not take the time to do one of the following things:
- Web search for one of Ontario’s Public Health Units then type “rabies” in the search engine and see what you come up with.
- Obtain a copy of the Ontario Public Health Standards and become familiarized with the many aspects of public health.
- Talk to a PHI/EHO about their career path or job shadow for a day.
If you want to learn more about a career as a public health inspector and public health visit www.ciphi.ca/careers.