August 11, 2011
This undated photo courtesy of USDA APHIS/R. Anson Eaglin shows a raccoon in Anne Arundel County, Md. In the United States, most rabies cases before 1960 were in domestic animals, but today more than 90 percent of all animal cases reported annually to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control occur in wildlife, most frequently in raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes.
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Rabies prevention in the United States is by and large a success story, with just one to four people dying of rabies each year in the U.S. thanks to widespread pet vaccinations and aggressive treatment for people bitten by potentially rabid animals.