Because vaccination has allowed the United States to succeed in dramatically reducing rabies in domestic animals, many people may be lulled into thinking that rabies is something they no longer have to worry about. Wildlife and unprotected pets do get and transmit the disease, however.
In recent years in the United States, more then 6,000 rabid animals and two human rabies cases have been reported annually to the CDC. Every year, an estimated 40,000 people in the United States receive a series of shots known as post-exposure prophylaxis because of potential exposure to rabies. About 55,000 people worldwide die each year from the disease.
Since the inaugural campaign in 2007, more than 2,000 events in 150 countries have helped vaccinate 7.7 million animals, and an estimated 182 million people have learned about how to prevent the disease.
Rabies vaccination is important for both dogs and cats, as well as avoiding animals that may transmit rabies such as raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes.
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