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Rabies Spotlight

Rabies is a deadly virus that can kill anyone who gets it. Every year, an estimated 40,000 people in the U.S. receive a series of shots known as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) due to potential exposure to rabies. In addition, the U.S. public health cost associated with rabies is more than $300 million a year. Each year around the world, rabies results in more than 59,000 deaths – approximately one death every 9 minutes. Most deaths are reported from Africa and Asia with almost 50% of the victims being children under the age of 15. Safe and effective vaccines are available to reduce the impact of human and animal rabies and help prevent the disease in animals.


Dog-Mediated Human Rabies Death, Haiti, 2016
R. M. Wallace et al. (2016 Volume 22, Number 11)

Probable Rabies Virus Transmission through Organ Transplantation, China, 2015
H. Zhou et al. (2016 Volume 22, Number 8)

Lyssavirus in Indian Flying Foxes, Sri Lanka
P. S. Gunawardena et al. (2016 Volume 22, Number 8)

Travel-Associated Rabies in Pets and Residual Rabies Risk, Western Europe
F. Ribadeau-Dumas et al. (2016 Volume 22, Number 7)

Molecular Characterization of Canine Rabies Virus, Mali, 2006–2013
A. Traoré et al. (2016 Volume 22, Number 5)

Suspected Rabies in Humans and Animals, Laikipia County, Kenya
M. Obonyo et al. (2016 Volume 22, Number 3)

Rabies Prophylaxis for Travelers Injured by NHP
Blaise, Parola et al. (2015 Volume 21, Number 8)

Canine Distemper in Endangered Ethiopian Wolves
Gordon, Banyard et al. (2015 Volume 21, Number 5)

Exposure to Rabies Virus among Travelers
Gautret, Harvey et al. (2015 Volume 21, Number 4)

Molecular Epidemiology of Reemergent Rabies, China
Zhang, Hail-Lin et al. (2014 Volume 20, Number 9)

Encephalitis and Organ Transplants
Basavaraju, S. V., Kuenhart, M. J., Zaki, S. R., and Sevjay, J. J. (2014 Volume 20, Number 9)

Rabies Virus from Ferret Badgers, Taiwan
Chiou, Hue-Ying et al. (2014 Volume 20, Number 5)

Travel-related Illness, Africa
Mendelson, Marc et al. (2014 Volume 20, Number 4)

Animal Rabies, Greece
Tasioudi, K. E. (2014 volume 20, Number 2)

Rabies in China
Lu, Jia-Hai (2014 Volume 20, Number 2)

Pathogenic Pseudorabies Virus, China
Yu, X et al. (2014 Volume 20, Number 1)

Bat Lyssaviruses, Northern Vietnam
Nguyen, A. T. K. (2014 Volume 20, Number 1)

Tour Leaders and Rabies Vaccination, Taiwan
Huang, Kuo-Chin (2014 Volume 20, Number 1)

Vesiculovirus from Big Brown Bats
Fei Fan Ng, Terry et al. (2013 Volume 19, Number 12)

Pseudorabies Virus Variant in Vaccinated Pigs
An, Tong-Qing et al. (2013 Volume 19, Number 11)


Rabies in Transplant Recipients
(2016 Volume 22, Number 8)

Bat Flight and Zoonotic Viruses
(2014 Volume 20, Number 5)

Rabies in Captive Deer
(2012 Volume 18, Number 1)

Terrestrial Rabies and Human Postexposure Prophylaxis, New York, USA
(2010 Volume 16, Number 3)

Rabies Elimination in Dogs in the United States
(2008 Volume 14, Number 12)

Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Rabies Day