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Volume 16, Number 2—February 2010

Letter

Aggression and Rabid Coyotes, Massachusetts, USA

Xingtai WangComments to Author , Catherine M. Brown, Sandra Smole, Barbara G. Werner, Linda Han, Michael Farris, and Alfred DeMaria
Author affiliations: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Reported signs of disease in 111 coyotes submitted for rabies testing, Massachusetts, USA, 1985–2008*

Clinical sign Total no. (%) DFA result
Positive Negative Unsatisfactory
Aggression
No 100 (90.1) 4 92 4
Yes
11 (9.9)
6
5
0
Ataxia
No 109 (98.2) 10 95 4
Yes
2 (1.8)
0
2
0
Disorientation
No 94 (84.7) 8 83 3
Yes
17 (15.3)
2
14
1
Found dead
No 96 (86.5) 8 86 2
Yes
15 (13.5)
2
11
2
Lethargy
No 96 (86.5) 10 83 3
Yes
15 (13.5)
0
14
1
Paralysis
No 106 (95.5) 10 92 4
Yes
5 (4.5)
0
5
0
Salivation
No 108 (97.3) 9 95 4
Yes
3 (2.7)
1
2
0
Seizures
No 109 (98.2) 9 96 4
Yes
2 (1.8)
1
1
0
Wound of unknown origin
No 98 (88.3) 10 84 4
Yes 13 (11.7) 0 13 0

*DFA, direct fluorescence antibody; unsatisfactory, not tested because of decomposed brain tissue; no, not observed or unknown.

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