Rabies in Canada

Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of mammals, including humans. Once clinical signs appear, rabies is almost always fatal in animals and people. In Canada, the animals that most often transmit rabies are bats, skunks and foxes.

Rabies is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Act, and all suspect cases must be reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). All suspect rabies cases are verified in a CFIA rabies laboratory.

This table lists the number of confirmed rabies cases in Canada this year, by month.

This table is updated by the 28th day of each month. If the 28th day falls on a weekend or a holiday the table will be updated the next business day.

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Prior to 2014, the CFIA reported rabies cases detected in Canada on a quarterly basis.

Rabies cases in Canada 2016

June 2016

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 14 46 32 10 200 16 5 2 0 1 1 1 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Bat 2 1 1 4
Cat 1
Ovine 1
Raccoon 13
Skunk 4 1
Total 2 1 7 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

May 2016

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 11 21 22 11 122 10 10 1 0 0 1 1 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Arctic Fox 1
Bat 1 3 1
Bovine 1
Raccoon 15
Skunk 1 15
Total 1 0 1 1 33 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

April 2016

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 5 22 18 12 105 6 7 2 1 0 0 1 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Red Fox 1
Raccoon 10
Skunk 1 1 6
Total 0 0 1 1 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

March 2016

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 2 10 22 13 111 9 3 0 1 1 0 0 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Bat 1 1
Raccoon 12 1
Skunk 2 18
Total 1 0 0 2 30 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

February 2016

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 3 16 6 13 97 4 2 0 1 0 1 1 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Arctic Fox 1
Caprine 1
Red Fox 1
Raccoon 15
Skunk 1 6
Total 0 0 0 2 21 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

January 2016

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 2 12 8 12 122 8 3 0 0 1 2 0 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Arctic Fox 1
Bat 1 1
Bovine 2
Raccoon 15
Skunk 2 2
Total 0 0 2 4 16 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
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