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CIPHI Seminar Series: The Public Health Response to Raccoon Rabies in Hamilton




You are invited to the CIPHI Seminar Series


The Public Health Response to

Raccoon Rabies in Hamilton


presented by Connie DeBenedet


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Boardroom 17-53 and Webinar

661 University Ave, 17th Floor

Toronto, ON

  Please note: This is an open invitation and may be forwarded to interested parties. Webinar will be available.

On December 4, 2015 City of Hamilton Public Health Services received a report from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) of raccoon strain rabies in a raccoon that attacked two dogs.  This positive raccoon was the first rabies positive terrestrial animal since 1994 in Hamilton, the first raccoon rabies strain in Ontario since 2006, and the first case of raccoon rabies ever reported in Southern Ontario.

This presentation will:

  • provide an overview of the response program initiated by the City of Hamilton Public Health Services and key local and provincial partners.
  • discuss the goals of the response program to control and eliminate raccoon rabies within the City through surveillance, vaccination and education.
  • discuss the development and implementation of an all-encompassing awareness campaign to educate the public on the risks, responsibilities and precautions to prevent the possibility of any human related rabies cases

Presenter:  Connie DeBenedet

Connie DeBenedet now lives and breathes nothing but raccoon rabies.  Prior to her deep immersion into the raccoon rabies situation in Hamilton, she worked as the Vector Borne Disease Specialist for Hamilton Public Health Services after spending time working as a PHI in all programs, from food safety to water safety and infectious diseases.  Previously, Connie worked for Health Canada as an Environmental Health Officer working to protect the health and safety of some of the First Nations Communities under the Treaty 3 agreement.  She started her career after graduating from Ryerson in 1997 and completing her field training in Northwestern Ontario.  You can contact Connie at

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

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