Disease Detectives Investigate Rabies Cases around the World

CDC’s disease detectives are helping to solve rabies cases around the world. Read about some of the challenging cases they’ve encountered:

bat hanging in tree

On April 10, 2017, two people in Florida reported finding a bat in the bag of salad they had eaten the previous day.

puppies in tire

In May 2017, investigators from CDC confirmed a case of human rabies in a 65-year-old Virginia resident who was bitten by a rabid dog while touring India in January and developed symptoms after returning home.

Mongooses were originally brought to Puerto Rico and the Hawaiian islands from Asia to protect sugar cane fields from rats and snakes.

Mongooses were originally brought to Puerto Rico and the Hawaiian islands from Asia to protect sugar cane fields from rats and snakes.

EIS officer Cuc Tran (third from the right) and OC Hurbert fellow Maxwell Kligerman (behind her) with the team in Haiti.

EIS officer Cuc Tran (third from the right) and OC Hurbert fellow Maxwell Kligerman (behind her) with the team in Haiti.

CDC disease ecologist Jeff Doty discusses methods for capturing ferret badgers with a researcher from Pingtung University, Taiwan.

CDC disease ecologist Jeff Doty discusses methods for capturing ferret badgers with a researcher from Pingtung University, Taiwan.