Provincial Rabies Management Program - Rabies Surveillance Data

Rabies is a virus that causes infection of the brain. It is a zoonotic disease that primarily occurs in animals, but can also be transmitted from animals to humans. Rabies is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. The disease attacks the central nervous system and eventually affects the brain. Once symptoms appear, rabies is almost always fatal in both animals and humans. In Manitoba the animals most often infected with rabies are skunks, cows and foxes.

Rabies is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Act, the Public Health Act and the Animal Diseases Act and all suspect cases in animals and humans must be reported. All suspect cases of rabies are verified in a Canadian Food Inspection Agency rabies laboratory.


Animal Cases of Rabies in Manitoba 2017

*There have been no reported human cases of rabies on record in Manitoba.

The table below lists the number of confirmed animal cases of rabies in Manitoba per quarter. This table is updated quarterly at the end of the month.

Animal Cases of Rabies in Manitoba

Animal Samples Submitted for Testing per Health Region -
April 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

 

Southern Health - Santé Sud

Prairie Mountain Health

Interlake Eastern Health

Northern Health Region

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA)

First Nations Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)

Total

Number of Samples Submitted

15

17

7

1

2

1

43

Number of Positive Cases

 

3

 

1

4

 

Positive Animal Cases of Rabies by Species per Health Region
April 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

 

Southern Health - Santé Sud

Prairie Mountain Health

Interlake Eastern Health

Northern Health Region

WRHA

FNIHB

Total

Striped skunk

 

2

 

1

3

Bat

Other wildlife

Cat

 

 

Dog

Bovine

1
1

Equine

Other domestic

Total

 

3

 

1

4

 

Animals Submitted for Testing and Number of Positive Animal Cases (Cumulative)
April 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

 

Southern Health - Santé Sud

Prairie Mountain Health

Interlake Eastern Health

Northern Health Region

WRHA

FNIHB

Total

Number of Samples Submitted

24

30

12

1

4

2

73

Number of Positive Cases

2

4

1

1

8

 

Positive Animal Cases of Rabies by Species per Health Region (Cumulative) for
April 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

 

Southern Health - Santé Sud

Prairie Mountain Health

Interlake Eastern Health

Northern Health Region

WRHA

FNIHB

Total

Striped skunk

1

3

1

1

6

Bat

Other wildlife

Cat

1

1

Dog

Bovine

1
1

Equine

Other domestic

Total

2

4

1

1

8


Cumulative (Year to Date) Numbers

Year End Totals

Year

Number of specimens collected
as of June 30, 2017

Number of positives
as of June 30, 2017

 

 

2017

73

8

 

 

2016

152

16

152

 16

2015

130

18

130

18

2014*

106

10

106

10

*2014 year begins April 1.

Positive Animal Cases by Species - April 1, 2014 to present

 

Southern Health - Santé Sud

Prairie Mountain Health

Interlake Eastern Health

Northern Health Region

WRHA

FNIHB

Total

Striped skunk

20

12

4

1

37

Bat

1

1

2

Other wildlife

Cat

4

1

5

Dog

1

1

2

Bovine

2

6

8

Equine

1

1

Other domestic

1

1

Total

28

19

7

2

56


How to Report

To report human exposure to an animal suspected of having rabies, contact Health Links-Info Sante at 204-788-8200 (in Winnipeg) or toll-free (outside of Winnipeg) at 1-888-315-9257.

To report a domestic animal exposure to or injury by an animal suspected of having rabies (where no human exposure has occurred) contact Manitoba Agriculture at:  204-470-1108.

Report any strange-acting wildlife, stray or dead animals (mammals only) found on your property to your local Sustainable Development (formerly Conservation and Water Stewardship) office or animal control office.

Communicable Disease Control
Public Health
Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living
4th Floor - 300 Carlton St.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 3M9
CANADA
Phone: 204-788-6737
Fax: 204-948-2190

Health Links – Info Santé
204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257