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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 2

Terrestrial rabies–associated exposure incidents, number of rabid animals, and PEP use, by type of animal, New York, USA, 1993–2002*

Animal No. exposure incidents Total no. rabid animals PEP use
Total no. uses No. related to untested animals No. related to nonbite incidentss†
Wild
Raccoon 3,298 8,318 5,210 1,488 4,534
Fox 398 390 620 187 318
Skunk 637 1,894 987 302 839
Other
544
152
655
453
328
Domestic
Dog 3,052 28 3,435 2,930 467
Cat 4,266 303 5,777 3,907 2,119
Other
187
143
668
63
625
Other/unknown
622
7
802
767
519
Total 13,004 11,235 18,154 10,097 9,749

*Each rabies exposure situation in which >1 persons underwent PEP was defined as an incident. Excludes New York, NY. PEP, postexposure prophylaxis.
†Scratches, saliva/nervous system tissue exposure, mucous membrane exposure, indirect exposure, or unknown.

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