Monday, September 28, 2009


Rabies is a viral infection of the nervous system transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Worldwide about 50,000 people die from rabies each year, mostly in developing countries where programs for vaccinating dogs against rabies don't exist. But the good news is that problems can be prevented if the exposed person receives treatment before symptoms of the infection develop.

Look after the jump to see how PA ranks out of the rest of the United States with rabies exposure.

Total Cases of Rabies Positive Animals in 2008: 431

Total Domestic Animals: 60
-Total Number of Dogs: 3
-Total Number of Cats: 3

Total Wild Animals: 371
-Total Number of Raccoons: 228
-Total Number of Bats: 43
-Total Number of Skunks: 71

Pennsylvania is the 5th highest ranked state in the United States for proven cases of rabies in domestic and wild animals. Make sure your pet's vaccinations are current! Even if they are indoor only there is always the chance they will sneak out or get loose and come in contact with an infected animal.

More information about rabies can be found on the World Health Organization website.

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