Rabies is a viral infection that can be transmitted from animals to people. It is most commonly transmitted through saliva (spit) of an infected animal, usually after a bite. The disease attacks the nervous system and eventually affects the brain. Once symptoms appear, rabies is usually fatal.
In Manitoba, rabies is mostly found in skunks. But any mammal can be infected such as bats, racoons and foxes.
What should you do if you are scratched or bitten by an animal?
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Please contact Public Health before destroying a pet/animal that was involved in a bite or scratching incident*
To report human exposure to an animal suspected of having rabies contact Health Links- Info Sante at 204-788-8200 in Winnipeg or toll-free 1-888-315-9257.
To report a domestic animal exposed to or injured by an animal suspected of having rabies (where no human exposure has occurred) contact Manitoba Agriculture at 204-470-1108.
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