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Rabies Resources For providers

Rabies

Rabies is a disease of the nervous system caused by a virus and can occur in humans and animals. In humans, rabies usually results from exposure to an animal with rabies. Rabies in humans is fatal almost 100% of the time.

There is no treatment for rabies once symptoms begin. If there is any chance that you have been exposed to rabies, it is urgent that you contact medical help as soon as possible. Your healthcare provider, possibly in consultation with your state or local health department, will decide if you need rabies
vaccinations. Decisions to start vaccination, known as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), will be based on your type of exposure and the animal you were exposed to.

To learn more about rabies testing, the importance of animal control in rabies response, and other helpful information, please visit the link below.

How can rabies be prevented?

Vaccination of dogs, cats and ferrets against rabies and avoiding contact with wildlife are the best ways to reduce human exposure. You should also follow these tips:

  • Do not keep wild animals as pets.
  • Teach your children how to be safe around animals, and to tell you if they are ever bitten or scratched by an animal.
  • Report stray animals to your local animal control. Control of stray animals can decrease both animal and human exposures to rabies.
  • Report any animal that has contact with an animal that might have rabies to the local animal control agency.
  • Anyone who has contact with an animal that might be rabid should contact their healthcare provider and local health department right away.
  • When in doubt following a possible rabies exposure, start PEP as soon as possible for protection.

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