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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for abbreviations in English) presented a report as part of their Signs Vitals program, in which they explained that these mammals responsible for 7 out of 10 rabies deaths among people infected United States,
"Particularly striking is the high percentage of bat-related deaths, since bats represent only one-third of the 5,000 rabies cases reported annually in the United States., Rabid dogs, which people find when traveling abroad, are the second cause of rabies in humans in the United States."the CDC experts said.
It is estimated that every year from 1 to 3 cases of rabies in humans. This figure is significantly lower than 30–50 cases per year, which were observed in the 1940s. This reduction is largely due to vaccination the routine of pets, the use of belts to hold them, and the availability of anti-rabies drugs that apply to nearly 55,000 people who are exposed to the virus year after year.
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However, as rabies decreased in dogs, it became more apparent in bats., raccoons, foxes and skunks. These animals remained the main carriers. virusSome animals that people think of transmitting rabies, like possums and squirrels, are rare.
Bats are carriers of the rabies virus in almost all US states. USA, except in Hawaii, and can distribute it all year. Many people do not realize that they can get it if they are bitten or scratched, and do not seek immediate medical attention.
"Bats play a crucial role in our ecosystem, and it is important for people to know that almost all of these animals in the United States do not have rageEmily Piracci, D.V.M., CDC veterinarian and lead author of the report, said. Vital signs,