Rise in rabies deaths in US leads to CDC warning

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five people died of rabies in the U.S. in 2021, three of them within a five-week period in the fall.

This follows two years of zero rabies cases reported in the U.S. and is the highest number reported in more than a decade per year, according to the CDC. The three cases, including one child, were all exposed to bats in or around their homes between Sept. 28 and Nov. 3, and none of them sought post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), a series of vaccines vital for preventing rabies. after exposure.

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