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Grand Teton National Park Report

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Rabies is a problem in western US as well as most of the country. The disease has become established in skunks, foxes, raccoons and bats, and is sporadic in all kinds of other mammals. Companion animals, i.e., dogs and cats are successfully protected by immunization - new vaccines can give protection for life, although it is recommended that the vaccine be given annually in areas where rabies is enzootic. There have been few human deaths due to rabies in the past decade due to the improved human treatment and preventive vaccination of persons at risk, ie. veterinarians and their assistants, wildlife wardens and scientists.