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Rabies

Rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals.

Rabies is caused by lyssaviruses, including the rabies virus and Australian bat lyssavirus. Rabies is spread when an infected animal scratches or bites another animal or human. In the Americas, bat bites are the most common source of rabies infections in humans, and less than 5% of cases are from dogs. Rodents are very rarely infected with rabies. The rabies virus travels to the brain by following the peripheral nerves. The disease can only be diagnosed after the start of symptoms.

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An animal can either be extremely shy or aggressive if it has rabies. They aren't all like Old Yeller. There are polar opposites symptoms and signs as well.

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