WHAT IS RABIES?
Rabies is a contagious and fatal disease. It is caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system of mammals, including human beings.
There is no effective treatment for rabies once there are symptoms. After that, death is inevitable and usually occurs within 14 days.
Therefore you must act quickly to prevent the onset of symptoms after being
- Scratched, or
- In contact with the saliva of a potentially infected animal
You can also get rabies if the saliva of a rabid animal comes into contact with
- Your eyes
- The inside of your nose or mouth, or
- An existing wound
Rabies is fatal once symptoms appear. However, some preventive measures can be taken before symptoms appear.
In North America, the animals that spread rabies the most often are
In Québec, bat rabies is the most common, followed by Arctic fox rabies. The emergence of raccoon rabies has become a real threat.
Rabies can be prevented by adopting safe habits.