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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 3

Number of humans receiving postexposure treatment, by animal status and type of exposure, New York, 1993–1998

Type of exposure No. (%) of humans receiving PET a
Rabid animal Suspect rabid animalb Nonrabid animalc Total
Bite 538 (.8) 5,503 (47.6) 328 (60.0) 6,369 (34.9)
Scratch 224 (3.6) 773 (6.7) 56 (10.2) 1,053 (5.8)
Contact with saliva 5,090 (82.9) 2,891 (25.0) 131 (23.9) 8,112 (44.5)
Unknown exposure 287 (4.8) 2,385 (20.6) 32 (5.9) 2,704 (14.8)
Total 6,139 (10) 11,552 (100) 547 (100) 18,238 (100)

aPET, postexposure treatment.
bPETs due to exposure to animals not submitted for rabies testing or specimen was not testable because of specimen condition.
cPETs due to exposure to animals that tested negative for rabies.

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