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Is it common to get rabies from a dog bite in the us?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
David Miller
David Miller
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In brief: NO

Domestic animals account for less than 1% of all rabies cases.
Most cases come from wild animals.

In brief: NO

Domestic animals account for less than 1% of all rabies cases.
Most cases come from wild animals.
Dr. Darrell Latva
Dr. Darrell Latva
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology

In brief: Rare

Most dogs have had rabies shots and infected dogs are very uncommon.
Most rabies in humans is caused by bat bites.

In brief: Rare

Most dogs have had rabies shots and infected dogs are very uncommon.
Most rabies in humans is caused by bat bites.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: No, not in the U.S.

In the United States, dogs are well taken care of, and cities have good animal control services.
One is unlikely to get rabies from dog bite in the U.S.. Sure, there are some rabid dogs here and there, but nothing near the level of problems seen in developing countries. In the U.S., the animals that carry rabies are raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats. Any bite should be seen by a doctor.

In brief: No, not in the U.S.

In the United States, dogs are well taken care of, and cities have good animal control services.
One is unlikely to get rabies from dog bite in the U.S.. Sure, there are some rabid dogs here and there, but nothing near the level of problems seen in developing countries. In the U.S., the animals that carry rabies are raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats. Any bite should be seen by a doctor.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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