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rabid dogRabies is a zoonotic disease (a disease that is transmitted to humans from animals) that is caused by a virus. Rabies infects domestic and wild animals and is spread to people through close contact with infected saliva (via bites or scratches). Though the Americas have made great progress in eliminating dog-transmitted rabies through animal vaccinations, wildlife rabies (mainly from raccoons, foxes, and vampire bats) is still a problem, especially among children, who are more likely to be bitten. Wound cleansing and immunizations, done as soon as possible after suspect contact with an animal and following WHO recommendations, can prevent the onset of rabies in virtually 100% of exposures. Once the signs and symptoms of rabies start to appear, however, there is no treatment and the disease is fatal. Source: WHO Fact Sheet | français

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