Rabies is a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals. In the US, those animals include bats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks. Cases in domestic dogs and cats are fewer in number due to vaccination programs, but can still occur. Most of the rabies cases identified in Southwest Utah occur in bats or animals that have been bitten by bats. Human cases of rabies in the United States are rare, with only one to three cases reported annually. Some of those cases were infected outside of the country.
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