Infectious Diseases: Rabies Record

For the first time since national record keeping began, the U.S. has gone through a whole year without a single human death from native rabies, the Public Health Service reports. The 1967 record was marred by two delayed deaths of Americans from dog bites received overseas, one in Guinea, one in Egypt. Still, there is no reason for relaxing and forgetting about rabies. Because wild animals, especially foxes and skunks, are still a reservoir of rabies virus, PHS urges continued vaccination of dogs.


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