COMMENTARY: Although the risk may be small, rabies is 100% fatal and this case is a reminder that veterinarians and staff should be vaccinated. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices publishes guidelines for human rabies prevention and recommendations have been published for managing suspected cases. These can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00056176.htm
First human death associated with raccoon rabies-Virginia, 2003. MMWR 52:1102-1103, 2003.