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Volume 16, Number 8—August 2010

Dispatch

Bat Rabies in Massachusetts, USA, 1985–2009

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

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Table 1

Reasons for bat submissions for rabies testing, Massachusetts, USA, 1985–2009

Reason No. (%) submissions
1985–1991 1992–1998 1999–2009
Human and pet exposure 5 (0.7) 250 (11.8) 1,004 (13.5)
Human exposure only 160 (22.2) 635 (30.1) 4,339 (58.5)
Pet exposure only 362 (50.3) 918 (43.5) 1,295 (17.4)
Sickness and other reasons 193 (26.8) 310 (14.7) 786 (10.6)

Total

720

2,113

7,424

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