Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals that affects the central nervous system. The virus is most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal.

The Board investigates rabies cases and may quarantine exposed animals to prevent the spread of the virus. Wild animals make up the majority of Minnesota’s annually reported rabies cases. Species of highest concern include skunks and bats, which are carriers for the virus. Less than 15 percent of rabid animal cases reported annually in Minnesota occur in domestic species; the most common being cattle, cats and dogs.

The Board already publishes data on rabies cases on its website. This new map is an added feature to highlight where cases are confirmed around the state. Animal owners can use this map to understand where cases occur and discuss rabies vaccination with their veterinarian.

View the new map on the Board website.