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Cases of rabies among wildlife in the United States, by year and species, 1966 through 2015

The graph shows cases of rabies among wildlife reported in the United States by year and species from 1966 to 2015. Wild animals accounted for 92.4 percent of reported cases of rabies in 2015. For the first time bats were the most frequently reported rabid wildlife species (accounting for 30.9 percent of all animal cases during 2014), followed by raccoons (29.4 percent), skunks (24.8 percent), and foxes (5.9 percent).

The figure shows a map of the United States with highlighted counties where rabid foxes were tested during 2015. Histogram represents number of counties in each category (light grey for 1 tested animal; medium grey for 2 – 3 tested animals; and dark grey for 4 – 81 tested animals) for total number of foxes submitted for rabies testing. Point locations (red dots) for rabid foxes were randomly selected within each reporting jurisdiction. The majority of cases occurred in eastern United States. The total number of reported cases involving foxes in 2015 was 325, representing 5.9 percent of all rabies cases in the United States.