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Rabies is a deadly contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The wild animals that most often transmit rabies are bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes.


Rabies is spread by the bite of a rabid animal, or a wound or mucous membrane coming into contact with its saliva.

After possible exposure to rabies, you should wash the wound with soap and water for several minutes.

Signs and symptoms

  • Pain and numbness around the bite
  • Agitation
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Convulsions

Possible complication

  • Death

Other information

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Last update: December 6, 2016 9:00 AM

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