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Is Rabies More Common In Rural Areas
Rabies is an infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the U.S. is infected bats. Symptoms of rabies include an initial flu-like illness followed by increasing paralysis, agitation, and confusion. The classic drooling symptom is due to an inability ...Read more
Extremely rare: The average U.S. City should not have rabies, due to the success of pet vaccination programs and animal control programs. Rabies in the U.S. Is carried by raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats. Urban areas have very few of these animals. However, exposure (such as a bite) from such an animal requires a visit to the doctor to decide whether or not rabies shots should be given to the patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The odd depends: on if you have been involved in a high risk situation with bat, skunk, opossum, fox, raccoon or aggressive cat or dog? More rarely with wolves or ground hogs. In August 31, 2011 there was a Rabies death in New York and there was one in October 9, 2000 (related to dog bite in Ghana). There is currently an average of 2 to 3 deaths due to Rabies in the US annually. If you have been involved in a > ...Read more
Very uncommon: It's very uncommon, especially in the United States. According to the CDC (http://1.usa.gov/1pHeqhR), "in 2013, 49 states and Puerto Rico claimed 5,865 cases of rabies in animals and 3 human rabies cases to CDC." That said, rabies is a terrible disease that is almost universally fatal. Any possible exposure to rabies requires emergent evaluation and possible treatment with early vaccination. ...Read more
CDC data: Rabies is fatal, but very rare. In 2010, there were only 2 cases in the us, both caused by bats. Here is the cdc's 2010 data on rabies in wild animals by region. As you can see, raccoons top the list of most common carrier, especially on the east coast. In the midwest and west, the skunk is the more common carrier. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/location/usa/surveillance/wild_animals.html. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was bit by domestic but outdoor dog 10 months ago. I now have a fever. Is it common flu or could it be rabies virus? Dog is alive today. What to do?
How common is guillain-barré syndrome from the rabies vaccine? How long would it take to show up?
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