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Volume 16, Number 3—March 2010

Dispatch

Terrestrial Rabies and Human Postexposure Prophylaxis, New York, USA

Millicent EidsonComments to Author  and Anissa K. Bingman
Author affiliations: University at Albany School of Public Health, Rensselaer, New York, USA (M. Eidson, A. Bingman); New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York, USA (M. Eidson)

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Table 1

Terrestrial rabies–associated exposure incidents and rabies PEP use, by animal test result, New York, USA, 1993–2002*

Animal test result No. (%) incidents No. (%) PEP uses
Positive 3,047 (23.4) 7,032 (38.7)
Negative 469 (3.6) 551 (3.0)
Untestable 340 (2.6) 474 (2.6)
Not tested
9,148 (70.3)
10,097 (55.6)
Total 13,004 (100.0) 18,154 (100.0)

*Each rabies exposure situation in which >1 persons underwent PEP was defined as an incident. Excludes New York, NY. PEP, postexposure prophylaxis.

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