Rabies virus

This is a disease found in domestic and wild animals which is transmissible to humans. The virus is shed in saliva, urine, and milk of nursing mothers. The most common mode of transmission is through direct contact when the infected animal bites a person or other animal. It can take 12-180 days before symptoms develop, which can vary from paradoxical behavior (where normally aloof animals become very friendly) to aggressive behavior (typically snapping and increased salivation), to seizures and paralysis to death. Infected animals will die 4-5 days after they display these symptoms. The best prevention is vaccination by a veterinarian beginning at 12-16 weeks and repeated every 1-3 years as an adult. If your pet has been bitten by an unvaccinated animal, please call a veterinarian immediately. For more information, and what to do if you or your pet has been bitten by an unvaccinated animal, please visit www.cdc.gov/rabies.