Efforts of the USDA national rabies management program for controlling rabies on private and public land, The
Management of rabies in wildlife populations is complex and provides unique challenges for wildlife managers: one of the largest is the majority of land in the US where rabies occurs in wildlife is private. Rabies virus infects nervous systems of mammals, is transmitted through the bite of infected animals, and is invariably fatal. Though human disease risk is largely mitigated in the US through preemptive vaccination of pets and human post-exposure prophylaxis, wildlife pose a continuous threat. Raccoons are the primary wildlife host of rabies, followed by skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes. ...
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