What is the role of raccoons in the transmission of rabies in the US?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Sandra G Gompf, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Raccoons have been recognized a reservoir for rabies in the southeastern United States since the 1950s. [12] Currently, the risk of raccoon transmission exists in all of the eastern coastal states and Alabama, Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia, and Ohio.


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