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What is rabies?
Rabies is a viral infection of certain warm-blooded animals (such as skunks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes and bats) and is caused by a virus in the Rhabdoviridae family. It attacks the nervous system and, once symptoms develop, it is 100 percent fatal in animals, if left untreated.
What causes rabies?
When an infected (also known as rabid) animal bites another animal, the rabies virus is transmitted through the infected animal's saliva. Scratches by claws of infected animals are also dangerous because these animals lick their claws.
Is rabies common?
In some areas, these wild animals infect domestic cats, dogs, and livestock. In the United States, cats are more likely than dogs to be rabid. Individual states maintain information about animals that may carry rabies. It is best to check for region specific information if you are unsure about a specific animal and have been bitten.
What are the symptoms of rabies?
It may take anywhere from five days to a year to get sick after being exposed to rabies, though the average is about two months. While symptoms may vary child-to-child, the most common include (in two stages):
Can you prevent rabies?
The best way to prevent rabies is to be safe around animals to avoid getting bitten. This includes your own pets, since they can also get infected if bitten by an infected wild animal. Some general rules include:
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