How is rabies spread?

Rabies is spread when an infected animal’s saliva or nervous system tissue comes in contact with a break in the skin, (such as a bite, scrape or other wound) or with a mucous membrane (like the inside of the nose, mouth or eyes). The most common way rabies is spread is by a bite from an infected animal. Rabies can also be spread by licks or scratches.

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1. What is rabies?
2. How is rabies spread?
3. How can I protect my pet?
4. What about bats and rabies?
5. Who needs treatment to prevent rabies disease?