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 on 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.

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

Rabies cases in Canada 2015

Calendar Year 2015

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 97 347 225 127 1124 196 85 6 8 48 26 6 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Arctic Fox 1 12 1
Bat 10 4 9 1 13 13
Bovine 2 1
Cat 1 1
Dog 2 1 2 2 2
Equine 1
Raccoon 10 1 23
Red Fox 1 7 3
Skunk 12 12 1
Wolf 2
Total 10 4 23 18 24 18 24 0 0 12 17 1 0

December 2015

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 3 6 11 10 117 15 6 0 1 0 2 2 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Arctic Fox 1
Bovine 1
Dog 1
Raccoon 10
Skunk 2 1
Total 0 0 2 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

November 2015

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 3 14 11 9 72 11 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Bat 1
Bovine 1
Skunk 1 1
Total 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

October 2015

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 11 20 24 16 76 14 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Bat 1 2 1
Raccoon 2
Skunk 2 1
Total 0 0 3 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

September 2015

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 18 47 26 11 69 18 12 0 2 13 0 1 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Bat 1 2 2 3
Raccoon 3
Skunk 1
Total 1 2 2 1 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0

August 2015

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 25 60 31 11 183 29 7 0 1 10 0 0 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Bat 5 1 4 1 1 3
Cat 1
Raccoon 2
Skunk 2
Total 5 1 6 2 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

July 2015

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 20 56 31 22 154 21 10 3 0 3 0 0 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Bat 2 1 4 3
Raccoon 3
Skunk 2 1
Total 2 0 3 0 4 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0

June 2015

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 7 55 23 12 122 19 12 0 2 3 2 1 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Bat 2 3 2
Cat 1
Equine 1
Raccoon 1 1
Skunk 2
Total 2 0 0 3 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

May 2015

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 2 27 20 9 93 20 4 0 0 2 5 1 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Arctic Fox 2 1
Bat 2
Dog 1
Raccoon 2
Red Fox 1
Skunk 1
Total 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 3 1 0

April 2015

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 0 30 13 4 62 16 8 0 0 6 6 1 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Arctic Fox 4
Dog 1
Raccoon 1
Red Fox 2
Skunk 1 2
Total 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 0 0

March 2015

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 2 11 12 9 70 7 12 1 1 6 4 0 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Arctic Fox 1 3
Bovine 1
Raccoon 8
Red Fox 2 1
Wolf 1
Total 0 0 0 1 0 1 8 0 0 3 4 0 0

* The table was amended on May 28, 2015.

February 2015

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 3 13 11 4 52 15 3 1 1 4 3 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
Dog 2 1 1
Red Fox 2 2
Skunk 1
Wolf 1
Total 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 4 3 0 0

January 2015

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Samples Submitted 3 8 12 10 54 11 4 0 0 0 3 0 0
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT
Arctic Fox 1
Bat 1
Dog 1 1
Raccoon 1
Red Fox 1
Skunk 1 3
Total 0 0 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
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