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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). Suspect rabies cases may be confirmed in a CFIA rabies laboratory.

This table lists the number of laboratory-confirmed rabies cases tested by CFIA in Canada this year, by month.

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