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Prevention - Rabies

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Published on May 24, 2017. Last modified on August 08, 2017

Animals:CDC_RabiesPrevention

There are several things you can do to protect your pet from rabies.  First, visit your veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, ferrets, and dogs.  Second, maintain control of your pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision.  Third, spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly.  Finally, call animal control to remove all stray animals from your neighborhood since these animals may be vaccinated or ill.  

People:

Rabies in humans is 100% preventable through prompt, appropriate medical care.  Disease prevention includes administration of both passive antibodies, though an injection of human immune globulin, and a round of infections with rabies vaccine.  Children are often at greatest risk from rabies.  They are more likely to be bitten by dogs and are also more likely to be severely exposed through multiple bites in high-risk sites on the body.  Severe exposures make it more difficult to prevent rabies unless access to good medical care is immediately available.

For more information about rabies prevention, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.