Correction: Rabies surveillance in the United States during 2015

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Several minor errors were identified in the report “Rabies surveillance in the United States during 2015” (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2017;250:1117–1130). On page 1124, the last word in the section on foxes is incorrect; the last animal reported with the Texas gray fox rabies virus variant was a cow in 2013.

Some dates in the legend for Figure 1 are incorrect; the legend should read as follows: Figure 1—Distribution of major rabies virus variants among mesocarnivores in the United States and Puerto Rico for 2009 through 2015. Black diagonal lines represent fox rabies virus variants (Arizona gray fox and Texas gray fox). Solid borders represent 5-year rabies virus variant aggregates for 2011 through 2015; dashed borders represent the previous 5-year aggregates for 2010 through 2014.

In the last row of Table 2 (page 1121), the mean value and 95% confidence interval for percentage of samples with positive results for 2010 to 2014 are incorrect; the mean percentage of samples with positive results for 2010 to 2014 is 11.1, and the 95% confidence interval is 10.9–11.2.

Finally, after submission of the article, additional information was located from Texas on species of bats that tested negative for rabies. In the text (page 1122), the number of bats submitted for testing that were described beyond the taxonomic level of order should be updated. The sentence should read as follows: Of the 25,799 bats submitted for testing, 13,616 (52.8%) were described beyond the taxonomic level of order (Table 4). Table 4 with the updated data is printed below.

Table 4—

Species of bats submitted for rabies testing in the United States during 2015.

Species (common name)No. testedNo. positivePercentage positive
Order Chiroptera (unspeciated)12,1838827.2
Eptesicus fuscus (big brown bat)10,0773683.7
Myotis lucifugus (little brown bat)586162.7
Tadarida brasiliensis (Mexican free-tailed bat)1,36729521.6
Lasionycteris noctivagans (silver-haired bat)211136.2
Nycticeius humeralis (evening bat)439112.5
Lasiurus borealis (red bat)3004013.3
Myotis spp. (not further differentiated)841214.3
Myotis californicus (California myotis)8300.0
Lasiurus cinereus (hoary bat)733345.2
Myotis yumanensis (Yuma myotis)5923.4
Myotis evotis (long-eared myotis)4848.3
Nyctinomops macrotis (big free-tailed bat)32928.1
Myotis volans (long-legged myotis)1317.7
Myotis keenii (Keen myotis)1100.0
Perimyotis subflavus (tricolored bat)2700.0
Lasiurus intermedius (northern yellow bat)60711.7
Myotis thysanodes (fringed myotis)8225.0
Antrozous pallidus (desert pallid bat)9222.2
Myotis austroriparius (southeastern myotis)7114.3
Myotis ciliolabrum (western small-footed myotis)700.0
Lasiurus ega (southern yellow bat)17211.8
Myotis sodalis (Indiana myotis)400.0
Lasiurus seminolus (seminole bat)9222.2
Parastrellus hesperus (canyon bat)3133.3
Plecotus townsendii (Townsend's big-eared bat)300.0
Desmodus rotundus (common vampire bat)100.0
Idionycteris phyllotis (Allen's big-eared bat)100.0
Lasiurus xanthinus (western yellow bat)100.0
Molossus ater (black mastiff bat)100.0
Myotis Leibii (eastern small-footed myotis)100.0
Myotis velifer (cave myotis)7311.4
Rousettus aegyptiacus (Egyptian fruit bat)100.0
Total25,7991,7046.6

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