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. 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.

Rabies cases in Canada 2019

Year to date 2019

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples Submitted 114 204 136 86 935 72 51 9 3 31 10 2 0 1653
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Arctic Fox 3 3
Bat 1 5 13 1 1 21
Bovine 1 1
Dog 1 1 1 3 3 9
Raccoon 7 7
Skunk 4 1 7 1 13
Wolf 1 1
Total 1 Table Note 1 1 11 2 28 5 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 56

Table Note

Table Note 1

There was one human case from BC.

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July 2019

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples Submitted 90 62 30 16 224 16 16 1 0 23 0 0 0 478
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Bat 1 3 6 1 11
Racoon 1 1
Skunk 1 1 1 3
Total 1 Table Note 2 1 4 1 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 16

Table Note

Table Note 2

There was one human case from BC.

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June 2019

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples Submitted 9 48 18 20 161 7 4 4 1 2 0 0 0 274
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Bat 1 2 3
Total 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

May 2019

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples Submitted 8 46 28 13 131 12 8 1 1 2 0 0 0 250
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Bat 1 1
Skunk 1 1
Total 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

April 2019

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples Submitted 1 19 25 12 97 12 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 176
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Skunk 1 3 4
Wolf 1 1
Total 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5

March 2019

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples Submitted 1 9 18 14 113 5 3 1 0 2 3 0 0 169
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Arctic Fox 1 1
Dog 1 1 1 3
Raccoon 1 1
Skunk 1 1
Total 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6

February 2019

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples Submitted 2 10 7 4 107 10 6 1 0 1 5 1 0 154
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Arctic Fox 2 2
Bat 2 2
Dog 1 2 3
Raccoon 3 3
Skunk 1 1
Total 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 11

January 2019

Samples Submitted
BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Samples Submitted 3 10 10 7 102 10 5 1 1 1 1 1 152
Rabies Cases
Rabies Cases BC AB SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL NU NT YT Total
Bat 1 3 4
Bovine 1 1
Dog 1 2 3
Raccoon 2 2
Skunk 2 1 3
Total 0 0 4 1 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13
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