Wild animals accounted for 92.6 percent of reported cases of rabies in 2014. Raccoons continued to be the most frequently reported rabid wildlife species (accounting for 30.2 percent of all animal cases during 2014), followed by bats (29.1 percent), skunks (26.3 percent), and foxes (4.1 percent).
Cases of rabies among wildlife in the United States by year and species from 1983 to 2014.
Although cross-species transmission of rabies does occur (e.g. infection of domestic dogs with the raccoon rabies variant), rabies virus variants are primarily transmitted within a single species that is the reservoir of that variant. Rabies virus variants associated with the major mesocarnivore species (such as raccoons, skunks, foxes, and mongooses) are distributed in distinct geographic regions.
Distribution of major rabies virus variants among mesocarnivores in the United States and Puerto Rico from 2008 to 2014.
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- Rabies surveillance in the United States during 2010 [PDF - 1 MB]
- Terrestrial Rabies Reservoirs in the United States, 2010
- Rabies in Wild Animals, 1960-2010
- Rabid Raccoons Reported in the United States during 2010
- Rabid Skunks Reported in the United States during 2010
- Rabid Bats Reported in the United States during 2010
- Rabid Foxes Reported in the United States during 2010
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