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Volume 19, Number 4—April 2013

Letter

Rabies Update for Latin America and the Caribbean

Marco A.N. VigilatoComments to Author , Ottorino Cosivi, Terezinha Knöbl, Alfonso Clavijo, and Hugo M.T. Silva
Author affiliations: Pan American Health Organization, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (M.A.N. Vigilato, O. Cosivi, A. Clavijo, H.M.T. Silva); Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (T. Knöbl)

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Cases of human rabies in 10 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, 2010–2012*

Country Rabies transmitted by other animals
Rabies transmitted by bats
Rabies transmitted by dogs
Total
2010 2011 2012† 2010 2011 2012† 2010 2011 2012†
Bolivia 0 0 1‡ 0 0 0 0 5 1 7
Brazil 0 2ठ1 0 1 1 2 2 10
Colombia 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ecuador 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 12
Guatemala 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Haiti 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 13 2 16
Honduras 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Mexico 0 1# 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 7
Peru 0 0 0 13 19 10 1 1 2 46
Dominican Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 5
Total 4 1 3 19 33 11 6 24 10 111

*Data were obtained from the Regional Information System of Epidemiologic Surveillance of Rabies in the Americas/Epidemiologic Information System, Pan American Center for Foot-and-Mouth Disease, Pan American Health Organization–World Health Organization, 2012.
†Data were updated in December 2012.
‡Human rabies transmitted by undetermined animal species (variant hematophagous bat).
§Human rabies transmitted by a marmoset monkey (Callithrix jacchus).
¶Human rabies transmitted by a cat (variant nonhematophagous bat).
#Human rabies transmitted by a skunk.

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