Rabies Virus (cont.)

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What is the prognosis of rabies?

Once the symptoms of rabies start, the disease is nearly universally fatal.

Is it possible to prevent rabies? Is there a rabies vaccine?

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Rabies prevention is mostly about good pet care and outdoor behavior. Vaccinate pets and keep them away from wild and outdoor animals. Don't approach wild animals. Keep bats out of the home, and stay away from areas with bats (caves).

When traveling, be aware of stray animals.

If spending significant time in a country where rabies is common, consider getting vaccinated.


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Switzerland. World Health Organization. "Rabies." Aug. 2014. <http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs099/en/>.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/8/2014

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Rabies - Symptoms Question: Did you or someone you know have rabies? What were the main symptoms and when did they appear?
Rabies - Treatment Question: What kinds of treatment have you received to treat rabies? Describe what the experience is like.
Rabies - Vaccine for Prevention Question: Has your pet received a rabies vaccine? Please share reasons for or against vaccinating your pet for this disease.