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Rabies cases in 2021

In 2021, there were 42 cases of rabies confirmed in Ontario. The map and table below identify areas where positive rabies cases have been found, using information reported by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Table: rabies cases by region (with data from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

SpeciesStrain typeCountyNumber
Big brown batBatDurham1
Big brown batBatGrey1
Big brown batBatHalton1
Big brown batBatHamilton1
Big brown batBatLambton2
Big brown batBatLeeds and Grenville1
Big brown batBatMiddlesex2
Big brown batBatNiagara1
Big brown batBatNipissing1
Big brown batBatNorfolk1
Big brown batBatOttawa-Carleton1
Big brown batBatOxford1
Big brown batBatPerth2
Big brown batBatPrescott and Russell1
Big brown batBatRenfrew1
Big brown batBatStormont, Dundas and Glengarry2
Big brown batBatToronto1
Big brown batBatWaterloo1
Big brown batBatWellington2
Domestic dogDog1Simcoe1
Little brown batBatCochrane1
Little brown batBatToronto1
Little brown batBat2Wellington1
RaccoonRaccoonNiagara2
SkunkRaccoonNiagara12

Notes:

  • 1 imported dog with Iranian dog strains.
  • 2 variant typing not done, classified as bat strain.
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Map of rabies cases in Ontario in from January to December 2021

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Rabies cases in 2020

In 2020, there were 49 cases of rabies confirmed in Ontario. The map and table below identify areas where positive rabies cases have been found, using information reported by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Table: rabies cases by region (with data from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

SpeciesStrain typeCountyNumber
Big brown batBatBruce2
Big brown batBatDufferin2
Big brown batBatGrey1
Big brown batBatHaldimand1
Big brown batBatHaliburton1
Big brown batBatHalton2
Big brown batBatHastings1
Big brown batBatHuron2
Big brown batBatKent1
Big brown batBatNiagara1
Big brown batBatNorfolk2
Big brown batBatNorthumberland2
Big brown batBatOttawa-Carleton5
Big brown batBatPeel2
Big brown batBatRenfrew5
Big brown batBatStormont, Dundas and Glengarry4
Big brown batBatWaterloo1
Big brown batBatWellington1
Big brown batBatYork1
Little brown batBatSimcoe1
RaccoonRaccoonNiagara3
Silver-haired batBatSudbury1
SkunkRaccoonHamilton2
SkunkRaccoonNiagara4
SkunkBatWellington1

Map of 2020 reported rabies cases

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map of rabies positives from January to December 2020. Blue circles represent raccoons (22), orange diamonds represent fox strain (0) and black areas represent bat strains (43).

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Rabies cases in 2019

In 2019, there were 65 cases of rabies confirmed in Ontario. The map and table below identify areas where positive rabies cases have been found, using information reported by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Table: rabies cases by region (with data from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

SpeciesStrain typeCountyNumber
Big brown batBatDufferin1
Big brown batBatDurham4
Big brown batBatHalton4
Big brown batBatHamilton1
Big brown batBatKent1
Big brown batBatMiddlesex3
Big brown batBatNiagara3
Big brown batBatNorthumberland1
Big brown batBatOttawa-Carleton3
Big brown batBatPeel3
Big brown batBatPeterborough1
Big brown batBatRenfrew1
Big brown batBatToronto3
Big brown batBatWaterloo2
Big brown batBatWellington4
Big brown batBatYork1
DogRaccoonNiagara1
Hoary batBatMuskoka1
Hoary batBatPeel1
Hoary batBatToronto1
Little brown batBatHalton1
MinkBatElgin1
RaccoonRaccoonBrant1
RaccoonRaccoonHaldimand1
RaccoonRaccoonHamilton6
RaccoonRaccoonNiagara1
Silver-haired batBatPerth1
SkunkRaccoonBrant1
SkunkRaccoonHamilton8
SkunkRaccoonNiagara2
SkunkBatToronto1
SkunkRaccoonWaterloo1

Map of 2019 reported rabies cases

map of rabies positives from January to December 2019. Blue circles represent raccoons (22), orange diamonds represent fox strain (0) and black areas represent bat strains (43).

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Rabies cases in 2018

In 2018, there were 104 cases of rabies confirmed in Ontario. The map and table below identify areas where positive rabies cases have been found, using information reported by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Table: rabies cases by region (with data from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

SpeciesStrain typeCountyNumber
Big brown batBatBrant1
Big brown batBatChatham1
Big brown batBatDurham1
Big brown batBatGrey1
Big brown batBatHaliburton2
Big brown batBatHalton1
Big brown batBatHamilton-Wentworth1
Big brown batBatMiddlesex5
Big brown batBatNiagara4
Big brown batBatOttawa3
Big brown batBatPeel1
Big brown batBatPeterborough3
Big brown batBatWaterloo1
Big brown batBatWellington2
BovineFoxPerth1
Hoary batBatAlgoma1
Hoary batBatPeel1
Little brown batBatWellington 1
RaccoonRaccoonBrant6
RaccoonRaccoonHamilton-Wentworth43
RaccoonRaccoonNiagara1
Silver-haired batBatAlgoma1
Striped skunkBatHamilton-Wentworth1
Striped skunkFoxHamilton-Wentworth2
Striped skunkRaccoonHamilton-Wentworth13
Striped skunkFoxHuron1
Striped skunkRaccoonNiagara2
Striped skunkFoxWaterloo2
Striped skunkFoxWellington1

Map of 2018 reported rabies cases

map of rabies positives from January to December 2018. Blue circles represent raccoons (65), red diamonds represent fix strain (7), green circles represent Negatives, and grey areas represent the enhanced surveillance zone.

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Rabies cases in 2017

In 2017, there were 149 cases of rabies confirmed in Ontario. The map and table below identify areas where positive rabies cases have been found, using information reported by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Table: rabies cases by region (with data from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

SpeciesStrain typeCountyNumber
Big brown batBatWaterloo1
Big brown batBatHastings2
Big brown batBatChatham-Kent1
Big brown batBatGrey4
Big brown batBatBruce1
Big brown batBatSimcoe1
Big brown batBatElgin1
Big brown batBatWellington1
Big brown batBatHamilton1
Big brown batBatLeeds, Grenville1
Big brown batBatMiddlesex1
Big brown batBatHalton1
Big brown batBatDurham1
Big brown batBatOttawa1
Big brown batBatYork1
Big brown batBatNiagara1
BovineFoxPerth3
BovineFoxHuron1
CatRaccoonHamilton1
RaccoonRaccoonBrant8
RaccoonRaccoonHalton8
RaccoonRaccoonNiagara19
RaccoonRaccoonHaldimand-Norfolk6
RaccoonRaccoonHamilton45
Red FoxFoxWaterloo1
Striped skunkFoxHuron1
Striped skunkRaccoonHalton9
Striped skunkRaccoonHaldimand2
Striped skunkFoxWaterloo3
Striped skunkRaccoonHamilton19
Striped skunkFoxPerth1
Striped skunkRaccoonNiagara2

Map of 2017 reported rabies cases

map of rabies positives from January to December 2017. Blue circles represent cats (1), yellow dots represent cows (4), green circles represent foxes (1), purple circles represent raccoons (86), red circles represent skunks (37), green stars represent bats (20), and grey areas represent the enhanced surveillance zone.

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Rabies cases in 2016

In 2016, there were 288 cases of rabies confirmed in Ontario. The map and table below identify areas where positive rabies cases have been found, using information reported by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Table: rabies cases by region (with data from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

SpeciesStrain TypeCountyNumber
Big brown batBatChatham-Kent1
Big brown batBatElgin3
Big brown batBatFrontenac1
Big brown batBatHaliburton1
Big brown batBatHalton3
Big brown batBatHamilton2
Big brown batBatHuron1
Big brown batBatLambton1
Big brown batBatMiddlesex2
Big brown batBatNiagara4
Big brown batBatNorthumberland1
Big brown batBatOttawa2
Big brown batBatOxford2
Big brown batBatPeterborough1
Big brown batBatSimcoe1
Big brown batBatToronto1
Hoary batBatNiagara1
Hoary batBatNorthumberland1
BovineFoxPerth1
CatRaccoonHamilton1
LlamaRaccoonHaldimand-Norfolk1
RaccoonRaccoonBrant11
RaccoonRaccoonHaldimand-Norfolk17
RaccoonRaccoonHalton7
RaccoonRaccoonHamilton127
RaccoonRaccoonNiagara10
Red foxRaccoonHamilton1
Striped skunkRaccoonBrant1
Striped skunkRaccoonHalton2
Striped skunkRaccoonHamilton76
Striped skunkBatHamilton1
Striped skunkFoxHuron1
Striped skunkRaccoonNiagara2
Striped skunkFoxPerth1

Map of 2016 reported rabies cases

Rabies cases map 2016

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Rabies cases in 2015

In 2015, there were 24 cases of rabies confirmed in Ontario. The map and table below identify areas where positive rabies cases have been found, using information reported by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Table: rabies cases by region (with data from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

DateSpeciesStrain typeCounty
FebruaryBig brown batBatDurham
MayBig brown batBatSimcoe
MayBig brown batBatSudbury
JuneBig brown batBatOttawa-Carleton
JuneBig brown batBatHamilton
JuneBig brown batBatYork
JulyBig brown batBatWaterloo
JulyBig brown batBatHamilton
JulyBig brown batBatHaldimand-Norfolk
JulyBig brown batBatHastings
AugustBig brown batBatNiagara
OctoberBig brown batBatNiagara
OctoberHoary batBatPeel
DecemberRaccoonRaccoonHamilton
DecemberRaccoonRaccoonHamilton
DecemberRaccoonRaccoonHamilton
DecemberRaccoonRaccoonHamilton
DecemberRaccoonRaccoonHaldimand
DecemberRaccoonRaccoonHamilton
DecemberRaccoonRaccoonHamilton
DecemberRaccoonRaccoonHamilton
DecemberRaccoonRaccoonHamilton
DecemberRaccoonRaccoonHamilton
DecemberBovine (cow)FoxPerth
 

Map of 2015 reported rabies cases

A map of Ontario depicting the locations of the 24 confirmed cases of rabies in the province in 2015. Locations and cases include: bat strain (13) – Durham, Simcoe, Sudbury, Ottawa-Carleton, Hamilton, York, Waterloo, Hamilton, Haldimand-Norfolk, Hastings, Niagara, and Peel counties; raccoon strain (10): Hamilton and Haldimand counties; fox strain confirmed in a cow (1): Perth County.

Enlarge map of reported rabies cases.

Rabies cases in 2014

There were no cases of rabies in terrestrial mammals in 2014. Bat rabies cases are shown on the map.

Download 2014 map (PDF)

State of the Resource report on rabies (2007)

An overview of rabies in Ontario. It includes some information on rabies cases as far back as 1958, and was updated in 2010.

Download the State of the Resource Report on Rabies (PDF)