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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.