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Volume 8, Number 9—September 2002

Research

Public Health Impact of Reemergence of Rabies, New York

Hwa-Gan H. Chang*Comments to Author , Millicent Eidson*†, Candace Noonan-Toly*, Charles V. Trimarchi*, Robert Rudd*, Barbara J. Wallace*†, Perry F. Smith*†, and Dale L. Morse*†
Author affiliations: *New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York, USA; †School of Public Health, University at Albany, Albany, New York, USA;

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Table 2

Nonrabid or suspected rabid animals and the number of humans receiving postexposure treatment, by animal species, New York, 1993–1998a

Animal
species No. (%) of
suspected rabid
animalsb No. (rangec) of humans receiving PET No. (%) of
nonrabid
animals No. (rangec) of humans
receiving PET
Cat
Bat
Dog
Raccoon
Skunk
Fox
Woodchuck
Squirrel
Opossum
Deer
Muskrat
Cow
Rabbit
Rat
Ferret
Chipmunk
Other
Unknown
Total 2,373 (27.1)
2,289 (26.1)
2,000 (22.8)
952 (10.9)
160 (1.8)
104 (1.2)
92 (1.1)
73 (0.8)
48 (0.5)
26 (0.3)
15 (0.2)
18 (0.2)
17 (0.2)
16 (0.2)
12 (0.1)
12 (0.2)
104 (1.2)
450 (5.1)
8762 (100) 2,620 (1–11)
4,181 (1–40)
2,067 (1–15)
1,247 (1– 21)
211 (1–6)
125 (1–3)
99 (1–3)
75 (1–2)
51 (1–2)
32 (1–4)
15 (1 )
37 (1–2)
18 (1–2)
16 (1)
16 (1–3)
13 (1–2)
133 (1–7)
596 (1–7)
11552 (1–40) 183 (40.6)
116 (25.7)
49 (10.9)
51 (11.3)
10 (2.2)
6 (1.3)
9 (2.0)
6 (1.3)
2 (0.4)
3 (0.7)
5 (1.1)
1 (0.2)
1 (0.2)
2 (0.4)
3 (0.7)
1 (0.2)
3 (1.2)
0
451 (100) 220 (1–5)
148 (1–4)
53 (1–3)
67 (1–5)
12 (1–3)
6 (1)
9 (1)
6 (1)
1 (1)
5 (1–2)
6 (1–2)
1 (1)
1 (1)
2 (1)
3 (1)
1 (1)
5 (1)
0
547 (1–5)

aPET; postexposure treatment.
bRabies status of animals could not be determined by testing (animal not submitted for rabies testing or specimen not testable because of specimen condition)
cRange of number of PETs for a single exposure incident to a potentially rabid animal.

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