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Rabies is an incurable and fatal infectious disease caused by a virus. The virus attacks the nervous system in humans. It is passed on through the saliva of a rabid animal when it bites.

Bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes are the most common carriers of rabies in Quebec.


• Do not approach, touch, pet or feed unknown, stray or wild animals, even if they seem healthy.
• Do not touch bats, regardless of whether they’re alive or dead.
• Do not touch dead animals.
• Teach children how to behave safely with respect to animals and make sure that they do behave safely.
• Have your pets vaccinated against rabies.
• When preparing to go on a foreign trip, find out from a healthcare professional what the risks of rabies transmission are.

What to do in case you are bitten

You can call Info-Health at any time by dialing 8-1-1.

Useful links

Pdf document. Ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre. Dépliant chauve-souris 2016, MSSS 
PDF File: 513 KB | Available in French only

Pdf document. Ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre. Procédures - Nettoyage déjections de chauve-souris 
PDF File: 135 KB | Available in French only


Government of Quebec – Web page on raccoons Ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre.

Health and Social Services Department – Vaccination against rabies Ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre.