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Rabies (cont.)

How Can People Prevent Rabies?

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Prevention of rabies depends on decreasing the disease in the animal kingdom. Avoid contact with wild animals and strays. Have your pets (including cats, dogs, and ferrets) vaccinated against rabies. Keep pets under control and away from wild animals and strays. Call animal-control services to remove stray animals from your neighborhood.

What Is the Prognosis for Rabies?

If you get timely, appropriate wound care and rabies shots, you will be virtually 100% protected against rabies.

  • To date, there have been no failures of this treatment in the United States.
  • Failures overseas, however, have occurred despite seeking medical care after exposure because doctors either failed to give wound care, did not inject the immune globulin around the bite or wound site, or did not give the vaccine in the correct spot (for example, vaccine was given in the buttocks).

For More Information About Rabies

For more detailed information about rabies, the reader should check the following site:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Rabies"


United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Rabies." Apr. 18, 2016. <>.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/9/2016

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