Rabies risks and causes

Outside the United States

Rabies is far more common In developing countries, where dog bites remain a common cause.

In Australia and Western Europe, bat rabies is a growing public health threat.

While rabies can affect both domestic and wild animals, bites from domestic dogs are responsible for virus transmission in 99% of human rabies cases. Wild animals, such as jackals and mongooses, also have the potential to spread the rabies virus.

Although rare, there have been case reports of rabies transmitted through organ transplantation.

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