Sunrise Health Region is reminding everyone to be aware of animals, both domestic and wild, that might be infected with rabies.
The disease affects the nervous system and is an often fatal illness. Rabies can be found in wild animals such as skunks and raccoons, as well as domestic pets such as dogs and cats.
Farm animals like cows and horses can also carry the disease.
There are various signs of an animal carrying the disease, including paralysis in the face and neck, and aggressiveness towards objects, humans, or other animals.
Exposure to the virus occurs when a rabid animal spreads infectious material onto a person or another animal through a bite or scratch, or by the spraying of saliva.
The Health Region says many preventative measures can be taken to minimize the risk of contracting rabies, including treating wild animals with caution, or not approaching them at all, and taking your pets to the veterinarian for a vaccination.