Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of mammals. In Canada, rabies is most often found in bats, foxes, skunks and raccoons. In Saskatchewan, rabies is most often found in skunks and, to a lesser extent, bats. Rabies may infect domestic animals and can also affect humans. Most instances of rabies prove to be fatal unless proper steps are taken. In humans exposed to rabies, development of clinical rabies can be prevented through urgent assessment, proper wound management and, if indicated, post exposure vaccination.
Saskatchewan Rabies Response Program
To protect the health and safety of the Saskatchewan human and domestic animal populations, SK Agriculture has initiated a provincial rabies response program. Private veterinarians across the province will collect samples from suspect animals and submit these for rabies testing under direction from the program’s Rabies Risk Assessment Veterinarian (RRAV). Test results will be reported back to the submitting veterinarian and to the RRAV, who will ensure that test results are further distributed to all relevant parties. The RRAV will also coordinate any response and follow-up activities necessary in the event of a positive rabies test result.
Rabies reports are posted to the Saskatchewan Rabies Response Program page.