CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report
Bats responsible for most rabies deaths in US
Knowing rabies risks and what to do after contact with wildlife can save lives
Embargoed Until: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 1:00 p.m. ET
Contact: Media Relations
Bats are responsible for roughly 7 in 10 rabies deaths among people who catch rabies in the U.S. Rabid dogs overseas are the second leading cause of rabies deaths in Americans; people can have contact with rabid dogs while traveling in other countries where dog rabies is still common. During the past 80 years, the animals linked to human rabies cases in the US have shifted dramatically – from dogs to bats and other wildlife – but it remains just as deadly. Rabies is 99 % fatal, but also 100 % preventable as long as people receive post-exposure prophylaxis before symptoms begin. This Vital Signs focuses on what Americans should know about current rabies risks from wild animals in their area and how the public, international travelers, and healthcare providers can prevent rabies.
Anne Schuchat, M.D., CDC Principal Deputy Director
Emily Pieracci, D.V.M., M.P.H., Veterinarian, CDC’s Rabies Branch
Wednesday, June 12, at 12:00 p.m. ET
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