Today, rabies rarely results in human fatalities in the United States, but rabies does remain a potentially dangerous health problem. Each year, more than twenty thousand Americans have to undergo anti-rabies treatment as a result of exposure to "rabid" animals. While the incidence of rabies continues to decline in domestic animals , more than six thousand cases of animal rabies are confirmed every year in this country.
All warm blooded animals can transmit rabies. The majority of the animal rabies cases in the United States are found in wild animals. Rabies is most commonly found in skunks, raccoons, foxes, bats, coyotes, groundhogs, and domestic farm animals - including horses, cattle, goats, sheep, swine, or exotics such as ferrets. Among domestic pets, dogs and cats are the most commonly infected animals.