Legislative Overview - Mandatory Reporting - Page 7

Purpose of the Legislative Overview Health Protection and Promotion Act and Regulation 557 (Ontario) Act Regulation Purpose of the Act/Regulation Requirement to Report Health Protection and Promotion Act, RSO 1990, c H 7, s 100(1, 4), 101(1-3) Ontario Regulation 557, Communicable Diseases – General, s 2(1), 4(1) The Act is intended to provide for the organization and delivery of public health programs and services that are administered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care including disease prevention and control. Animal Health Act Veterinarians are required to report any knowledge of a mammal bite or contact that may result in rabies in persons. Time Frame to Submit: Immediately (within 24 hours) Who Receives the Report: The local Medical Officer of Health Health Protection and Promotion Act Information Required: At a minimum, a veterinarian is expected to report the following: • Name and contact information of the animal owner/custodian. • Name, breed, signalment, description and detailed vaccination history of the biting mammal (or at least as much as is known about the vaccination history based on their medical record) • Name and contact information of the bite victim or individual who has otherwise been potentially exposed. How to Submit: Veterinarians should check with the local health unit to determine if there are specific forms or reporting formats. To contact local health units Occupational Health and Safety Act http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/phu/locations.aspx#7 For Additional Information For Matters Related to Reporting of Potential Human Exposure to a Potentially Rabid Animal: Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act Dr. Catherine Filejski, Public Health Veterinarian, Public Health Division, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Telephone: 416-212-0424 Email: Catherine.Filejski@ontario.ca For Matters Related to Reporting of Domestic Animal Exposure to a Potentially Rabid Animal, with NO Human Exposure: Dr. Maureen Anderson, Lead Veterinarian, Animal Health and Welfare, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food Telephone: 519-826-3571 Email: maureen.c.e.anderson@ontario.ca Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Agricultural Information Contact Centre, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food Telephone: 1-877-424-1300 (24/7 access to the on-call veterinarian) Animal Health Lab, University of Guelph Telephone: 519-824-4120 Website: http://www.guelphlabservices.com/ahl/ Food and Drugs Act Local Public Health Units http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/phu/locations.aspx#7 Health of Animals Act Legislative Overview • Mandatory Reporting   7