Reports & Statistics

Rabies in Domestic Animals in Maricopa County


  • The last documented case of rabies in a dog in Maricopa County was in 1977 and was vaccine-associated - that is, the disease was caused by the rabies vaccine given to the dog.
  • The last non-vaccine-associated infection in a dog in Maricopa County was in 1973.
  • The last documented case of rabies in a cat in Maricopa County was in 1982 and was also a vaccine-associated infection.
Vaccine-associated infections no longer occur in the United States as the vaccine has been changed from a live attenuated vaccine to a killed virus vaccine. Because of the rarity of rabies in domestic animals in Maricopa County, exposures to cats and dogs are considered very low risk for rabies transmission. However, it is still important to contact a healthcare provider or public health department after an interaction with a cat or dog that may possibly transmit rabies, so that the individual situation can be assessed and appropriate measures can be taken.

Annual Rabies Assessments

 
View the most recent and previous Annual Rabies Assessments for Maricopa County.

Animals That Have Tested Positive for Rabies in Maricopa County

Lab confirmed rabies positive animals.
Year Bat Bobcat Horse Fox Javelina Coyote Total
2012 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2013 6 0 0 0 0 0 6
2014 5 0 0 0 0 0 5
2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 4 0 0 0 0 1 5
Total 16 0 0 0 0 1 17