How can you help prevent rabies?
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Rabies is a deadly disease that can be prevented but not cured. It is 100% fatal if not treated. It is caused by a virus that lives in the saliva and brain of rabid animals. It can be transmitted through bites, some scratches, and by getting saliva or brain tissue into an open wound or in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you are not sure if you have been exposed, contact your local health department to discuss.
Wash the wound with soap and lots of water. Washing thoroughly will greatly lessen the chance of infection.
If the animal is:
Call your doctor immediately. Report the incident to the local health department or local animal control as soon as possible.