Animal Bite Follow up investigations are conducted by the Public Health Nursing Program. Please call 306-765-6500 for enquiries.

Rabies is an infection of the brain caused by the rabies virus. The rabies virus is passed on by the bite or scratch of an infected animal. If not treated rabies can result in death of the person or animal. All animal bites need to be reported to public health for follow up. Rabies is present in Saskatchewan and is monitored by the health regions and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Medical staff treating patients for animal bites are required to report the animal bite incident to public health for follow up.

In Saskatchewan the animals most commonly associated with rabies are skunks and bats. We strongly recommend that pet owners vaccinate pets against rabies to protect both pets and their owners.