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Animal Bites and Rabies
for Data County, USA

Bites from dogs and other animals are are a major public health concern. According to the World Health Organization, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year. Nearly 885,000 of these bite victims will seek medical care, and 30,000 have reconstructive procedures. 


Animal bites can also transmit deadly germs—notably rabies, a deadly virus that can infect any mammal. Between 3 and 18% of dog bite victims develop infections. Each year, between 10 and 20 bite victims die.

Rabies Prevention Tips from the CDC

In Animals

Visit your veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, ferrets, and dogs.

Maintain control of your pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision.

Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly.

Call animal control to remove all stray animals from your neighborhood since these animals may be unvaccinated or ill.

In People

Rabies in humans is 100% preventable through prompt appropriate medical care. Yet, more than 55,000 people, mostly in Africa and Asia, die from rabies every year—a rate of one person every ten minutes.

The most important global source of rabies in humans is from uncontrolled rabies in dogs. Children are often at greatest risk from rabies. They are more likely to be bitten by dogs, and are also more likely to be severely exposed through multiple bites in high-risk sites on the body. Severe exposures makes it more difficult to prevent rabies unless access to good medical care is immediately available.

Source: Centers for Disease Prevention and Control

"Rabies is the deadliest disease in the world."

—Ryan Wallace, Veterinarian at the CDC

Data Source: Data County, USA.