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Rabies is a virus that can infect all mammals, and it is most frequently transmitted to humans through a bite from a rabid animal. Foxes, especially in the North Slope and Southwest regions, are the most common transmitters of rabies in Alaska. Rabies is a serious disease that can cause death within days of symptoms, so be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you suspect exposure.

What's New

REMINDER: Effective January 2014
The Section of Epidemiology will no longer supply rabies post-exposure prophylaxis. Staff continue to be available for consultations at 907-269-8000, or 800-478-0084 after hours. See letter below for details, including where you can order rabies medications/products.

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Disease Prevalence in Alaska

  • For a snapshot of five year disease activity for select diseases in Alaska, click here.

Cases of Animal Rabies Reported to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology, 2008-2012

Last Updated 11/29/2013; counts reflect total number of confirmed cases at the Alaska State Virology Laboratory.

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