What is Rabies?
Rabies is a deadly viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of mammals (warm blooded animals). It is a disease passed from animal to animal by bites. Humans can get the rabies disease as well and, if untreated, it is almost always fatal. Rabies is generally transmitted to humans from an infected wild or domestic animal by:
- a bite
- a lick to open wounds or cuts
- saliva introduced onto the muccous membranes of the nose, eyes or mouth
If bitten or scratched by an animal you think might be rabid, or if its saliva touches you, it is important that you following the necessary steps without delay.
The best ways to control the spread of rabies are:
- Have all your pets and domestic animals vaccinated against rabies
- Don’t approach and play with stray cats, dogs, or other animals
- Don’t touch dead animals
- Keep your pets under control. Don’t let them run free especially at night
- Don’t touch or play with animals that look sick, even if you may want to help them
- Don’t touch “friendly” wild animals that may wander into your yard or school yard