12/23/2015 08:09 EST | Updated 12/23/2016 00:12 EST

Four new raccoon rabies cases found in Hamilton, bringing outbreak total to 10

HAMILTON — The city says four new raccoon rabies cases have been found in Hamilton, bringing the total to 10 found in the area over the past three weeks.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has been dropping vaccine baits over a large swath of land in and around Hamilton to prevent its spread.

The rabies cases in raccoons are the first seen in Ontario in over a decade.

The Ministry has said they expected to find other cases in the same area as time goes on.

The rabies outbreak only came to light after two dogs got into a fight with a sick raccoon in the back of an animal services van.

The dogs remain in quarantine after being inoculated against the virus.

The Canadian Press