Rabies - What is it?

Rabies is a very serious viral disease which is spread to humans from infected animals’ saliva. The rabies virus (genus Lyssavirus) infects domestic and wild animals. Infected animals can spread the disease to people through bites and scratches. 1,2  In humans the rabies virus doesn’t enter the bloodstream,  it infects the nervous system.3  Rabies is present worldwide; however  canine rabies from dogs is common in Asian, African and Central and South American countries.2,3

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