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Rabies Spotlight

Rabies is a deadly virus that is most often spread by the bite of a rabid animal. 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. Every year, an estimated 40,000 people in the United States receive a series of shots known as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) due to potential exposure to rabies. In addition, the US public health cost associated with rabies is more than $300 million a year. Dog vaccination is one important strategy to prevent rabies in dogs in the U.S. and abroad.


Investigation of Canine- Mediated Human Rabies Death, Haiti, 2015
C.H. Tran, et al. (2018 Volume 24, Number 1)

Rabies Virus Transmission in Solid Organ Transplantation, China, 2015–2016
S. Chen et al. (2017 Volume 23, Number 9)

Processes Underlying Rabies Virus Incursions across US–Canada Border as Revealed by Whole-Genome Phylogeography
H. Trewby et al. (2017 Volume 23, Number 9)

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 Postexposure Prophylaxis for Travelers Injured by Nonhuman Primates, Marseille, France, 2001–2014
A. Blaise et al. (2015 Volume 21, Number 8 

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

Animal-Associated Exposure to Rabies Virus among Travelers, 1997–2012
P. Gautret et al. (2015 Volume 21, Number 4)

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

Encephalitis Caused by Pathogens Transmitted through Organ Transplants, United States, 2002-2013
S.V. Basavaraju et al. (2014 Volume 20, Number 9)

Molecular Characterization of Cryptically Circulating Rabies Virus from Ferret Badgers, Taiwan
H.-Y. Chiou et al. (2014 Volume 20, Number 5)

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

Recurrence of Animal Rabies, Greece, 2012
K.E. Tasioudi et al. (2014 volume 20, Number 2)

Rabies in Henan Province, China, 2010–2012
J.-H. Lu et al (2014 Volume 20, Number 2)

Low-Incidence, High-Consequence Pathogens
E.D. Belay, S.S. Monroe (2014 Volume 20, Number 2)

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

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

Tour Leaders’ Knowledge of and Attitudes toward Rabies Vaccination, Taiwan
C.-Y. Huang et al. (2014 Volume 20, Number 1)

Distinct Lineage of Vesiculovirus from Big Brown Bats, United States
T.F.F. Ng et al. (2013 Volume 19, Number 12

Pseudorabies Virus Variant in Bartha-K61–Vaccinated Pigs, China, 2012
T.-Q. An, et al. (2013 Volume 19, Number 11)

Enzootic and Epizootic Rabies Associated with Vampire Bats, Peru
R.E. Condori-Condori et al. (2013 Volume 19, Number 9)

Novel Lyssavirus in Bat, Spain
N.E. Ceballos et al. (2013 Volume 19, Number 5)

Zombies—A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness
M. Nasiruddin et al. (2013 Volume 19, Number 5)

Discrepancies in Data Reporting for Rabies, Africa
L.H. Nel (2013 Volume 19, Number 4)

Response to a Rabies Epidemic, Bali, Indonesia, 2008–2011
A.A.G. Putra et al. (2013 Volume 19, Number 4)

Rabies Update for Latin America and the Caribbean
M.A.N. Vigilato et al. (2013 Volume 19, Number 4)


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)

Other Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Rabies Day