Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian: Rabies

 
 
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Rabies is an acute, fatal viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal and impacts public health, agriculture, and wildlife.

Alberta’s reservoir of the rabies virus resides in our bat population at a low prevalence, however, human or pet exposure to bats must be taken seriously. Through Alberta’s Rabies Program the Public Health veterinarian works closely with our health partners, private veterinarians, wildlife officers and the public to ensure rabies testing occurs as required.

Notice - Animal Health Act - Reportable and Notifiable Disease – Rabies

Effective April 1, 2014, any domestic or wild animal suspected of carrying rabies infection MUST be reported to the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian (CPV) within 24 hours.

You can report by calling the Rabies line 1-844-427-6847

Rabies Prevention and Control Manual: Guidance for Public Health and Veterinary Professionals

Once you open the link, go into the document to the chapter page and you will be able to click on the chapter that pertains to your needs.


ALBERTA RABIES SUBMISSIONS FOR JANUARY 2019 BY HEALTH ZONE

CALGARY
CENTRAL
EDMONTON
NORTH
SOUTH
SPECIES
Tested
Positive
Tested
Positive
Tested
Positive
Tested
Positive
Tested
Positive
Bats
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Feline
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
3
0
Canine
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Livestock
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Coyote
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Fox
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Muskrat
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Raccoon
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Skunk>
Non Surveillance
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Skunk>
Surveillance
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Other
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Total Submissions
2
0
2
0
3
0
1
0
3
0
    Archived Rabies Testing Data:
    More information:
    Bats are an extremely important part of our ecosystem, but a very small percentage of them are known to have the rabies virus. Any known or suspected contact with a human or pet needs to be taken seriously – contact your doctor or AHS (for human contact) or veterinarian/call the rabies line (for pet contact) at the numbers below.

    Important Contact Numbers:
    Public Health Veterinarian: 844-427-6847

    Alberta Health services:
    North zone: 800-732-8981
    Edmonton zone: 780-433-3940
    Central zone: 866-654-7890
    Calgary zone:403-264-5615
    South zone: 844-388-6691
    First Nations Inuit Health:780-218-9929

    For further information on rabies management, read the Recommendations of the Canadian Council of Chief Veterinary Officers Subcommittee for the Management of Potential Domestic Animal Exposures to Rabies
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    This information published to the web on April 20, 2017.
    Last Reviewed/Revised on February 5, 2019.