CFIA says rabies outbreak is slowing down

New figures from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency suggest rabies outbreaks in Ontario appear to be slowly winding down.

The CFIA says there were eight confirmed cases of the virus in the province in January -- three in bats, three in raccoons and two in skunks.

That number is below the 2017 average of 12.4 rabies cases per month, which itself was down from the monthly average of 24 cases in 2016 when a rabies outbreak began late in the year.

Hundreds of rabid animals have been found since then, with the vast majority being in and around Hamilton where the outbreak originated.