Rabies—At Home and Abroad

  • Daniel B. Fishbein
  • John W. Krebs


Although rabies has been enzootic or epizootic in domestic or wild animals in the United States during most of the twentieth century, the disease has never been a serious problem among people in this country. During the first half of the century, only about 50 cases of human rabies—most caused by dogs—were reported each year (1). Following the control of canine rabies in the 1940s and 1950s, the number of indigenously acquired human rabies cases fell to an average of fewer than two per year during the 1960s and 1970s (2). Between 1980, when potent and safe tissue culture-derived rabies vaccines were introduced in the United States, and 1992, only seven persons are known to have acquired rabies in this country. All but two of these cases were attributed to insectivorous bats (3–7). None of the these cases were definitely attributable to leisure activities, although the exact circumstances of the exposure were sometimes unknown (5, 7).


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  • John W. Krebs

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