Rabies cases increase

Rabies cases increase

The July report on animal rabies cases from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency shows Ontario confirmed 28 cases of rabies in July, 16 of them in raccoons. Six each were found in bats and skunks.

Saskatchewan confirmed seven cases in July, four in bats, two in skunks and one in a goat. Alberta and British Columbia each had one case of rabies in July, in bats.

There were no July cases reported in any other province or territory.

All suspected cases must be reported to the CFIA. The agency updates its list each month.

The viral disease can affect mammals, including humans, and is almost always fatal once contracted.

Yearly total as of July 28:

B.C.: five

Alberta: two

Sask: 18

Man: 10

Ont: 162

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