Reported animal rabies in Arkansas is reviewed for the years 1982-1990; providing an update from 1950-1981 (Heidt, 1982). Total cases ranged from 39 in 1990 to 168 in 1986, with a mean of 123.1. Wildlife accounted for 93.4% of the total cases. A total of 16 kinds of mammals has been implicated in reported rabies (individual species of foxes and skunks have been combined). The four taxa accounting for the highest incidence are: skunks (82.6%); bats (10.1%, all seven species combined); cattle (2.8%); and dogs (1.5%). Skunks, the most prominent species, ranged from 71.8% in 1990 to 90.2% in 1987. These figures were similar to the previous ten years, with the exception of 1977-1979 when Arkansas experienced a severe skunk rabies epizootic.
Heidt, Gary A.; Saugey, David A.; Chandler, Laura; and Stone, Karen D.
"Reported Animal Rabies in Arkansas: 1982-1990,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 45
, Article 13.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol45/iss1/13