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How can we prevent rabies?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Vacc. & dog catchers: Vaccines are the best way to prevent rabies in the U.S.. Dogs, cats, and other pet mammals should all be vaccinated. Animal control is important. There should be no dogs on the loose anywhere in the U.S.. Worldwide, about 55, 000 die of rabies each year, with almost all of them due to dog bites. Rabies is preventable if an exposed person properly gets his wound washed and gets his shots in time.
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Thanks for asking: Vaccination has been around since 1885 and vaccinating pets seems to work well. Staying away from dogs and wildlife is the best personal protection strategy.
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
Pediatrics 20 years experience
1. Vaccinate your pets. 2. Avoid wild animals and bats 3. If your pets are acting weird get them checked out. 4. If you are bit by wild animal get it checked at the earliest to see if you need the vaccination.
Sep 8, 2013
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Don't get bit: Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html

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I have rabies. What do I do?

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How do you know?: Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html

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