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 2017

Year to date

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 63 207 123 87 899 71 51 7 3 8 10 4 1
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Arctic Fox 2 5 1
Bat 6 2 1 4 2 3
Bovine 1 1 4
Cat 1 1
Dog 1 2 2
Raccoon 53
Red Fox 1 1
Skunk 6 7 25 3
Total 6 2 9 9 88 6 6 0 0 0 7 2 0

July 2017

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 19 52 22 12 150 11 15 1 1 0 1 0 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Bat 1 1 1
Bovine 1
Raccoon 3
Skunk 1 2
Total 1 0 2 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

June 2017

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 17 77 15 17 181 8 9 0 1 3 3 2 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Arctic Fox 1
Bat 1 2 1 2 1
Dog 2
Raccoon 12
Skunk 5
Total 1 2 0 0 18 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 0

May 2017

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 8 37 29 18 158 17 4 0 1 1 1 1 1
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Arctic Fox 1 1
Bat 1 1
Bovine 1
Red Fox 1 1
Raccoon 9
Skunk 3 3 7
Total 1 0 3 4 18 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

April 2017

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 5 13 20 8 96 12 9 2 0 0 0 0 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Bat 1
Dog 1 1
Raccoon 10
Skunk 1
Total 1 0 1 0 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

March 2017

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 8 13 12 11 109 6 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Bat 2 1 2
Bovine 2
Cat 1
Raccoon 4
Skunk 1 2
Total 2 0 0 1 8 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0

February 2017

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 2 10 14 14 102 7 4 3 0 3 2 0 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Arctic Fox 1 1
Cat 1
Dog 1
Raccoon 8
Skunk 1 2 4 1
Total 0 0 1 2 13 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

January 2017

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 4 5 11 7 103 10 3 1 0 1 3 1 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Arctic Fox 2 1
Bovine 2
Raccoon 7
Skunk 2 1 5
Total 0 0 2 1 14 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0
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