Diseases & Conditions
Easy-to-understand answers about diseases and conditions
Rabies is a lethal virus that is transmitted to humans through the saliva of infected animals, primarily through bites. The virus is known to be exceptionally fatal once symptoms appear. In the United States, several animals are more prone to transmitting rabies, with bats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks being the primary culprits. In contrast, in developing nations, stray dogs are the principal carriers of rabies, posing a significant risk of transmission to humans. The progression of rabies symptoms is relentless, almost always leading to a fatal outcome once they become apparent. Due to the severity of the disease, individuals who could be exposed to rabies, whether through animal bites or potential exposure, are strongly advised to undergo rabies vaccinations. These vaccinations offer vital protection against the virus and are a crucial preventive measure to ensure public health and safety.