Rabies is a deadly viral disease that infects the brains of mammals, including people. The virus is found in the saliva of infected animals and is transmitted primarily through a bite. The virus can also be transmitted if saliva or brain tissue enters open wounds, eyes, nose or mouth. Rabies is a very serious illness and can be fatal once symptoms develop.
Rabid animals can be present year-round and it’s important to stay away from animals that are unfamiliar to you. NDDH assists in cases when people have been exposed to a rabid or potentially rabid animal. Animal control agencies manage rabid or potentially rabid domestic and wild animals. Read more about rabies and rabies prevention here and follow the links for more information.
If you think you might have been exposed to rabies please call us at (860) 774-7350 and we can help you determine the next steps.