Is rabies common in wild animals?



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    Rabies is far more common in wild animals than domesticated ones. In fact, 93% of rabies cases in the U.S. occur in the wild, according to Nationally, there have been over 7,000 animals diagnosed per year (since 1995). The animals who are most likely to contract the illness are raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, and even cats and dogs. Rodents such as rats, mice, squirrels, and chipmunks can contract rabies, but not very often. Due to increase in awareness, prevention, and treatment rabies affects humans much less than it used to in the last several decades. In recent years, only one or two cases are reported of humans getting rabies each year in the United States. Even though its not reported nearly as much, third world countries experience far more cases of rabies in wild life as well as in infected humans. 

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