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Volume 8, Number 5—May 2002

Knowledge of Bat Rabies and Human Exposure Among United States Cavers

Robert V. Gibbons*, Robert C. Holman*, Stephen R. Mosberg†, and Charles E. Rupprecht*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †National Speleological Society, Huntsville, Alabama, USA

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Table 1

The number of cavers who considered the scenario as a risk for rabies

Scenario >College degree
(n=298) No college degree
(n=94) Total (%)
Bat bite 262/294 (89) 69/93 (74)a 331/387 (86)
Bat scratch 191/290 (66) 42/92 (46)a 233/382 (61)
Bat on skin 42/292 (14) 9/93 (10) 51/385 (13)
Bat on clothing 10/293 (3.4) 1/93 (1.1) 11/386 (2.9)
Being around batsb 37/293 (13) 8/93 (8.6) 45/386 (12)

a For having >college degree compared to no college degree, p<0.001.
b Indirect contact with bats.

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