What is the role of cats and dogs 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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Cats are the most common domestic animals reported by US health departments as being rabid, owing to the high number of unvaccinated strays with possible contacts with bats and other mammals. [13, 14]

Dogs and cats along the Mexican border

Limited resources and minimal public health infrastructure in the bordering communities have hindered efforts to maintain animal control through dog-vaccination programs. Viral studies of human cases reported from US border states implicate an urban canine rabies strain and a link to coyote rabies in southern Texas. [15]


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