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Volume 8, Number 2—February 2002

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Postexposure Treatment and Animal Rabies, Ontario, 1958-2000

Christopher P. Nunan*, Rowland R. Tinline†Comments to Author , Janet M. Honig†, David G. A. Ball†, Peggy Hauschildt†, and Charles A. LeBer‡
Author affiliations: *Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada; †Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; ‡Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Toronto, Ontario, Canada;

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Rabies postexposure treatment (PET) and laboratory-confirmed animal rabies, Ontario, 1958 to 2000

Year PET Animal rabies Ratio PET to animals rabies PET rate per 100,000a
1958 1,647 2,426 0.7 28.3
1959 479 1,210 0.4 8.0
1960 566 241 2.3 9.3
1961 790 636 1.2 12.7
1962 991 879 1.1 15.6
1963 965 907 1.1 14.9
1964 852 1,006 0.8 12.9
1965 1,367 1,352 1.0 20.2
1966 1,168 1,004 1.2 16.8
1967 1,461 1,232 1.2 20.5
1968 1,539 1,924 0.8 21.2
1969 1,187 2,154 0.6 16.1
1970 1,164 1,477 0.8 15.4
1971 960 1,428 0.7 12.4
1972 1,252 2,161 0.6 15.8
1973 1,020 1,503 0.7 12.7
1974 974 1,425 0.7 11.9
1975 1,050 1,954 0.5 12.6
1976 935 1,395 0.7 11.1
1977 957 1,267 0.8 11.3
1978 816 1,422 0.6 9.5
1979 1,002 1,480 0.7 12.0
1980 1,096 1,412 0.8 11.6
Average 1,054 1,387 0.8 14.3
1981 1,833 1,333 1.4 20.8
1982 2,402 2,095 1.1 27.0
1983 2,481 1,834 1.4 27.5
1984 2,027 1,366 1.5 22.1
1985 2,150 1,975 1.1 23.2
1986 4,212 3,274 1.3 44.7
1987 2,621 2,001 1.3 27.2
1988 2,266 1,830 1.2 23.1
1989 2,640 1,870 1.4 26.2
1990 1,991 1,611 1.2 19.4
1991 1,739 1,234 1.4 16.7
1992 2,186 1,371 1.6 20.7
1993 2,581 1,241 2.1 24.2
1994 1,437 613 2.3 13.3
1995 1,182 328 3.6 10.8
1996 937 149 6.3 8.5
1997 1,079 95 11.4 9.6
1998 1,048 80 13.1 9.2
1999 890 100 8.9 7.7
2000 1,073 183 5.9 9.2
Average 1,939 1,229 1.6 19.0

aPopulation figures are from Statistics Canada Quarterly Estimates of Population For Canada, Provinces and Territories, 1951-2000.

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