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Rabies Awareness

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Erika Woods
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Rabies is a very serious disease that affects the brain and spinal cord of mammals  such as cats, dogs, raccoons, coyotes and foxes. It is caused by a virus and almost always causes death. Rabies is usually a disease of animals, but it can spread from an infected animal to a person.

Rabies spreads when an animal with rabies bites another animal or person. The rabies virus is in the saliva (spit) of infected animals. Infected animals can also spread rabies if their saliva gets into a scratch or other wound, or the eyes, nose or mouth of another person or animal.


Through many programs in the United states, human deaths as a result of rabies are very rare. However, it is important to be aware that rabies does exist in the united States, and that measures must be taken to prevent the spread of rabies.

Get the Facts:
Learn more about rabies and how to prevent the spread of rabies: Public Health Fact Sheet-Rabies
Teach your children about rabies: CDC Rabies and Kids


Make sure that your animals are vaccinated. Massachusetts Law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies.
To find information about rabies clinics in your area, click here

Moving wildlife in Massachusetts is illegal. Moving animals can cause harm to the animal and may result in the spread of diseases such as rabies and distemper. Please visit for more information.

Click here to learn about the Cape Cod rabies Task Force and the Oral Rabies Vaccine Program.