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The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has issued a warning about rabid bats. The regional health unit received reports of two captured bats that tested positive for rabies infection. There are no reports of any humans infected with rabies but residents are urged to be careful when dealing with any wild animal and also to make sure their own pets have the anti-rabies vaccinations updated. Rabies is transmitted through the saliva from a bite. The tainted saliva can also infect a person or animal if it gets into a scratch or open wound or through the mucous membrane of the mouth, nose or eyes. All dogs and cats three months or older must have anti-rabies vaccina- tion. That includes indoor pets who eould encounter a bat inside their homes. Residents should check their homes for any potential entry points for bats. If a bat is found, do not touch it or attempt to catch it. Call animal control to remove it. Anyone bitten by a bat or other wild animal that may have rabies should call their doctor to arrange for treat- ment. Also report all animal bites to UIF&BTUFSO0OUBSJP)FBMUI6OJUBU 1-800-267-7120.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) reported the first human case of West Nile virus for this summer within its jurisdiction. EOHU officials urge residents who are outdoors for work or recreation to take precautions, including use of insect repellant, to reduce their risk of West Nile virus infection. —stock photo

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Would-be Good Samaritans are proving easy targets for the “stranded traveller” scam. The OPP continue to get calls from people fooled by con artists who pretend to have vehicle trouble. The “stranded traveller” scam takes place along the side of a major highway, an off-ramp, or in a parking lot. The fraud depends on the con artist getting the

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Con artists are taking advantage of some people’s Good Samaritan instinct with the “stranded traveller” scam. —stock photo

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sympathy of the victim who just wants to help out someone in trouble on the road. The con artist pretends to be someone visiting the area, either from another province or another country. They claim that their wallet or purse is either lost or stolen and they need money to buy gas or deal with a mechanical problem with their vehicle. These con artists appear polite and well spoken, and are dressed well. They may have a rental vehicle as part of the scam. 8IFOUIFZBTLGPSUIFMPBOPGNPOFZUP help them get their vehicle fixed, they offer

what appears to be a piece of expensive gold jewelry. The victim discovers later that the “gold” jewelry is costume jewelry but by then the con artist has gone. Most victims are too embarrassed to report the incident. Police advise people to be cautious when asked to help someone who claims to have vehicle problems. Offer to call roadside assistance or the police rather than accept any offers of collateral in exchange for money. If the person declines the offer then leave the area and report the incident to police.

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