Rabies is a viral disease affecting the central nervous system. It is transmitted from infected mammals to humans and is virtually always fatal, once symptoms appear. Human rabies is rare in the United States, but still frequently occurs in many developing nations.
Rabies is contracted by exposure to a rabid animal. Rabies is always fatal, and once a human begins to show signs and symptoms of the disease, medical treatment will not work.
- Exposure to rabies may be minimized by:
- Eliminating stray dogs and cats
- Vaccinating pets and livestock against rabies
- Staying away from all wild animals, especially those not acting normally.
- Do not keep wild animals as pets.
- Exclude bats from living quarters, by keeping screens in good repair and closing up any small openings that could allow them to enter.
- Vaccinating your pet cat or dog for rabies is being a responsible pet owner.
Rabies is 100% preventable and prevention starts with you.
If you feel you have been exposed to rabies, contact your healthcare provider.