CDC Vital Signs

Factoid: Every 8 minutes, someone in the US is treated for possible exposure to rabies.
Factoid: Every 8 minutes, someone in the US is treated for possible exposure to rabies.
Every 10 minutes, someone in the US is treated for possible exposure to rabies.

Factoid: About 5,000 animals— mostly wildlife— test positive for rabies each year in the US.
About 5,000 animals — mostly wildlife — test positive for rabies each year in the US.

Factoid: 2 out of 3 Americans who die from rabies caught it from infected bats in the US.
Factoid: 2 out of 3 Americans who die from rabies caught it from infected bats in the US.

7 out of 10 Americans who die from rabies in the US were infected by bats.

About Vital Signs

The CDC Vital Signs monthly report was launched in 2010. It includes a MMWR Early Release, a graphic fact sheet and website, a media release, and social media tools. Most of the materials are available in English and Spanish.

Vital Signs reports cover an important health threat and what can be done to drive down the disease. Past topics have included cancer screening, alcohol and tobacco use, HIV testing, motor vehicle safety, cardiovascular disease, healthcare-associated infections, and foodborne disease.

Please sign up to get Vital Signs through email each month at Vital Signs. Feel free to share CDC Vital Signs information broadly with your partners. Take advantage of CDC’s social media tools, such as the CDC Vital Signs buttons and email updates. You can have CDC Vital Signs reports sent directly to your own website to display through our content syndication service.

Page last reviewed: June 12, 2019
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