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Rabies

Caution

Commonly infected wildlife

BatsAny Mammal

Is this animal infected?

  • Rabies can occur in any mammal, e.g., bats and skunks
  • Infected animals may be found dead, are weak, or show unusual behavior
    • Behavior changes are not always obvious

Rabies

Can I get it?

Yes

  • From the bite or scratch of an infected animal
  • From saliva of infected animals that touches your eyes, nose, mouth, or skin wounds

How bad can it get?

Risk level - FatalRabies is serious. Seek treatment as soon as possible if bitten by a wild animal

 

Protect myself and others

Do Not Eat

Symptoms in humans

    • RABIES IS FATAL once symptoms appear
    • Rabies can be prevented if treatment is given before symptoms appear
    • Symptoms can take a long time to develop and may include:
      • Pain, tingling or itching near exposure site

IF BITTEN OR SCRATCHED BY A WILD ANIMAL:

  • Clean and flush wound with soap and warm water
  • Seek medical attention immediately
  • Report bites according to state and local guidelines

Safe for pets?

No - Talk to your veterinarian about vaccines

Not safe for pets

What causes it?

  • A virus of the family Rhabdoviridae
  • Rabies testing requires brain tissue – avoid head shots to kill suspect animals