Rabies in Wisconsin
Rabies Epidemiology in Wisconsin
The primary reservoirs of the rabies virus in Wisconsin
are bats and skunks. Domestic animals become infected from exposure to
these wildlife reservoirs. Historically, skunks have been the
predominant species infected by rabies (Figure 1), but for the past
decade the number of positive bats has exceeded that of skunks (Figure
2). The last four cases of human rabies in Wisconsin occurred in 1959,
2000, 2004, and 2010.
Geographically, animal rabies cases are widely
dispersed in Wisconsin, and occur in both rural and urban areas. Figure
3 shows the geographic distribution and species of cases diagnosed from
2006 through 2010.
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