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Volume 3, Number 2—June 1997

Dispatch

Rabies Postexposure Prophylaxis Survey—Kentucky, 1994

Michael Auslander and Colleen Kaelin
Author affiliations: Kentucky Department for Public Health, Frankfort, Kentucky, USA

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Table 1

Characteristics of local health department patients receiving rabies postexposure prophylaxis

Sex
Male 52
Female 43
Unspecified 2
Agea Youth (2 - 10) 19
Adolescent (11 - 17) 15
Adult (18-71) 59
Unspecified 4
Health department locationb
Urban 48
Rural 49
Previously immunized 6
Animal exposure
Wild 15
Domestic (50 dogs, 29 cats, 1 horse) 80
Unspecified 2
Type of exposure
Bite or contact with saliva 72
No contact with saliva 17
Unspecified 8
Treatment payer
Private insurance 39
Medicaid 7
Medicare 3
Patient 14
Other (employer, worker's compensation) 3
Unspecified 6
No reimbursement 25

(N=97)
a formula image= 28 yrs.
b Health departments in urban areas, as defined by the 1990 census of population for Kentucky. Metropolitan statistical areas were more likely to administer PEP than rural departments. (p=.033)

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