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Prevalence and Incidence of Rabies

Rabies: Rare Disease

Rabies is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Rabies, or a subtype of Rabies, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.

Ophanet, who are a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when if affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Rabies as a "rare disease". More information about Rabies is available from Orphanet

Incidence (annual) of Rabies:

18,000 cases (of rabies shots rather than actual rabies) ... see also overview of Rabies.

Incidence Rate:

approx 1 in 15,111 or 0.01% or 18,000 people in USA [Source statistic for calcuation: "18,000 cases (of rabies shots rather than actual rabies)" -- see also general information about data sources]

Incidence extrapolations for USA for Rabies:

18,000 per year, 1,500 per month, 346 per week, 49 per day, 2 per hour, 0 per minute, 0 per second. [Source statistic for calculation: "18,000 cases (of rabies shots rather than actual rabies)" -- see also general information about data sources]

Prevalance of Rabies:

Although rabies in humans is rare in the United States, as many as 18,000 Americans get rabies shots each year because they have been in contact with animals that may be rabid (rabies-infected). (Source: excerpt from Rabies, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Prevelance of Rabies discussion:

Rabies: Statistics: DVRD (Excerpt)

In the United States in 2000, there were 7,369 cases of rabies reported in animals. Most were in wild animals.  Five cases were reported in humans.   Rabies occurs in almost every state. Hawaii is the only state that has not had a single native  case of rabies in animals or humans. (Source: excerpt from Rabies: Statistics: DVRD)

Rabies: Statistics: DVRD (Excerpt)

As many as 40,000 people each year in the United States are  exposed to animals that might have rabies, and these people receive the shots to prevent the disease. (Source: excerpt from Rabies: Statistics: DVRD)

Facts About Rabies: CDC-OC (Excerpt)

Rabies is a disease that can affect all mammals and each year over 7,000 animals -- most of them wild -- are diagnosed as having the disease in the United States. The disease is found in all states except Hawaii. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Rabies: CDC-OC)

Worldwide incidence of Rabies:

10 million cases (WHO)

Incidence statistics for Rabies:

The following statistics relate to the incidence of Rabies:

  • 6,730 annual cases of animal rabies and 0 human rabies cases notified in USA 1999 (MMWR 1999)
  • 0 new cases of rabies per 100,000 population was notified in Australia 2002 (Yohannes K, Roche P, Blumer C et al. 2004, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 0 new cases of rabies was notified in Australia 2002 (Yohannes K, Roche P, Blumer C et al. 2004, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • Registered cases of rabies in various countries:
    • 1 cases registered in Argentina 2001 (Regional Core Health Data Initiative, Pan American Health Organisation, 2003)
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More Statistics about Rabies:

  • Deaths and related statistics
  • Hospitalization statistics
  • All statistics for Rabies

    About prevalence and incidence statistics:

    The term 'prevalence' of Rabies usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Rabies at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Rabies refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Rabies diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.


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