Rabies is a disease of the nervous system caused by a virus and can occur in humans and animals. The virus is spread to people from the saliva of infected animals; usually through a bite. Rabies in humans is fatal almost 100% of the time. Anyone who has contact with a rabid animal should contact their doctor or public health immediately. Cats and dogs can spread rabies up to 10 days before they become ill, as well as during illness.
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