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Wildlife Branch



What is it?

Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals, including humans. In Canada, the animals that most often transmit rabies are foxes, skunks, bats and feral cats.

What should I do if I think an animal is rabid?

To report an incident where a wild or domestic animal is suspected to be rabid, or you would like more information on rabies, the animal owner/ witness should contact Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD) at 204-470-1108.

What should be done if a person has been exposed to a suspect animal?

If a biting incident involving a suspected rabid animal has occurred, immediately wash the wound or exposed surface with soap and water. Seek medical attention. For more information or advice, contact your nearest public health office or facility, or call Health Links - Info Santé (7 days a week, 24 hours a day) at 204-788-8200 (in Winnipeg) or toll free 1-888-315-9257 (outside of Winnipeg).

To report a potential human exposure to an animal suspected of having rabies, the affected person should contact Health Links-Info Santé at: 204-788-8200 in Winnipeg or toll-free 1-888-315-9257 (outside of Winnipeg) or a Health Care provider.