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April 26, 1976

Rabies Prophylaxis

Author Affiliations

New York Veterans Administration Hospital New York

JAMA. 1976;235(17):1839. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260430015002

To the Editor.—  The charming woodland scene that opens the March 15, 1976, issue is soon dampened by warning of the red squirrel's "bite, which can leave one with rabies" (235:1088). Perhaps the red squirrel would best have adorned an earlier issue (232:272, 1975) in which we learned that "Bites by... squirrels... or other rodents have never been proved to produce human rabies, and rarely, if ever, justify postexposure prophylaxis."