At this time, the OAVT Rabies Response Program (RRP) continues to remain open while working within the new restrictions that the COVID-19 pandemic presents. RRP RVTs are still providing specimen collection and shipping services while they adhere to recommendations made by the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Canadian Government to stop the spread of COVID-19.

New restrictions have impacted the shipping of specimens with some Purolator Shipping Agents having closed and some Purolator Shipping Centers remaining open but with limited hours and earlier shipping cut off times. As of May 7, 2020 Purolator has informed us to expect 1-3 day delays in our regular overnight shipment of rabies specimens.This may affect your rabies specimen results turn around time.

Specimens shipping to the CFIA Laboratory (Human Exposure Cases)

May 8, 2020 the CFIA has updated and increased their testing schedule at both the Lethbridge, AB (serving the Northwestern and Thunder Bay PHUs) and the Ottawa, ON (serving all other Ontario PHUs) laboratories. Rabies FAT will now be scheduled for testing at both labs daily on Tuesday to Friday.

Specimens shipping to the CWHC Laboratory (Non-Human/Animal Exposure Cases)

March 11, 2021 The CWHC has resumed the testing of raccoon, skunk, fox, coyote, bat and feral cat specimens. Test result turnaround times will be delayed due to implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and results may take 6+ weeks to return.

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