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Rabies cases in Canada 2020

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. All suspect cases must be reported to the province for follow-up. 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.

Year to date 2020

Samples submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples submitted 241 288 175 90 1265 58 106 9 4 26 2 2 1 2267
Rabies cases
Rabies cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Arctic fox 1 1
Bat 17 4 6 37 4 1 69
Bovine 2 2
Cat 1 1
Dog 1 1 1 3
Raccoon 3 1 4
Skunk 1 7 6 14
Total 17 4 8 11 46 4 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 94

September 2020

Samples submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples submitted 32 61 24 10 124 3 23 1 0 4 1 0 0 283
Rabies cases
Rabies cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Bat 3 1 3 4 1 12
Skunk 1 2 3
Total 3 1 3 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15

August 2020

Samples submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples submitted 63 33 31 12 295 12 19 1 0 7 0 0 0 473
Rabies cases
Rabies cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Bat 2 1 10 1 14
Raccoon 2 2
Skunk 1 2 3
Total 2 0 1 1 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 19

July 2020

Samples submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples submitted 72 56 30 14 196 7 20 0 0 6 0 0 0 401
Rabies cases
Rabies cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Bat 7 1 7 2 17
Cat 1 1
Raccoon 1 1 2
Skunk 1 1
Total 7 1 0 2 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 21

June 2020

Samples submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples submitted 29 56 22 19 200 14 12 2 2 4 0 0 0 360
Rabies cases
Rabies cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Bat 4 1 1 7 13
Dog 1 1
Skunk 1 1 2
Total 4 1 1 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16

May 2020

Samples submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples submitted 16 34 14 4 119 3 7 3 2 0 0 0 0 202
Rabies cases
Rabies cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Bat 1 1 1 5 0 8
Total 1 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8

April 2020

Samples submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples submitted 8 31 23 5 62 1 4 0 0 3 0 0 1 138
Rabies cases
Rabies cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Dog 1 1
Skunk 1 1 2
Total 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

March 2020

Samples submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples submitted 8 4 11 5 84 3 10 2 0 1 1 1 0 130
Rabies cases
Rabies cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Arctic Fox 1 1
Bovine 1 1
Dog 1 1
Total 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3

February 2020

Samples submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples submitted 6 9 11 11 76 7 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 127
Rabies cases
Rabies cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Bat 2 1 3
Skunk 3 3
Total 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6

January 2020

Samples submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples submitted 7 4 9 10 109 8 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 153
Rabies cases
Rabies cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Bat 2 2
Bovine 1 1
Total 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
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