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Wild animals accounted for 92% of reported cases of rabies in 2013. Raccoons continued to be the most frequently reported rabid wildlife species (32.3% of all animal cases during 2013), followed by bats (27.2%), skunks (24.6%), and foxes (5.9%).

Cases of rabies among wildlife in the United States, by year and species, 1984 to 2013.

Although raccoons were the most commonly reported rabid wildlife species during 2013, the 1,898 reported rabid raccoons represented a 2.82% decrease, compared with the 1,953 rabid raccoons reported during 2012. See distribution of major rabies virus variants in the United States and Puerto Rico on map below.

Distribution of major rabies virus variants among mesocarnivores in the United States and Puerto Rico, 2009 through 2013.


 
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