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Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.

Downloads

Health District Reminds Residents of Rabies Danger
August 29, 2014

Rabid Skunk Found in District, October 22, 2013

Rabid Skunks Found in District, September 6, 2013

Rabies Reminder Press Release 
January 15, 2013

Rabid Bats Found in Area--Help Prevent Rabies, July 27, 2010

Links

www.cdc.gov/rabies