In Toronto, first dog rabies case in 20 years

Hundreds of flea market shoppers may have been exposed to the fatal and highly contagious disease, the Toronto Sun reports.

The city’s public health department issued an alert Wedenesday night after learning t that an 8-week-old border collie mix bought by a Brampton woman from Dr. Flea’s in Rexdale Jan. 13 had rabies.

“This is very serious,” said Dr. Rosana Pellizzarri told the Sun. “Rabies should be treated as a fatal illness — no ifs, ands or buts. It’s extremely important that anyone who was at that flea market … who handled those puppies, or who took a puppy home, gets in touch with Toronto Public Health as soon as possible.”