Provincial Rabies Management Program - 2017 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 for January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017

 

Southern Health - Santé Sud

Prairie Mountain Health

Interlake Eastern Health

Northern Health Region

WRHA

FNIHB

Total

Number of Samples Submitted

42
52
23
1
13
3
134

Number of Positive Cases

3
8
2
1
14

Positive Animal Cases of Rabies by Species per Health Region for January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017

 

Southern Health - Santé Sud

Prairie Mountain Health

Interlake Eastern Health

Northern Health Region

WRHA

FNIHB

Total

Striped skunk

1
5
2
1
9

Bat

 

Other wildlife

Cat

1
1

 

2

Dog

1

 

1

Bovine

1
1
2

Equine

Other domestic

 

Total

3
8
2
1
14

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