Domestic Animals

During 2017, domestic animals accounted for 48.6 percent of all animals submitted for testing, but only 9 percent (n = 399) of all rabies cases reported, representing a decrease of 5.7 percent compared with the 423 reported in 2016.

Sixty-two rabid dogs were reported in 2017, representing a 6.9 percent increase from the 58 reported in 2016. Most of the rabid dogs were reported from Texas (n = 12), Puerto Rico (11), Georgia (6), Alaska (3), California (3), North Carolina (3), and South Dakota (3). However, the percentage of dogs tested for rabies that were positive (0.3 percent) did not change compared to previous 5 years. The number of rabid cats increased by 7.4 percent from 257 in 2016 to 276 in 2017. The percentage positive also increased from 1.1 percent over the previous 5 years to 1.3 percent in 2017.

A total of 36 rabid cattle were reported in 2017, representing a 48.6 percent decrease from the 70 reported in 2016. Thirteen rabid horses and donkeys were reported in 2017, a 43.5 percent decrease compared with the 23 reported in 2016.