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Rabies: Questions and Answers
Information about the disease and vaccines
What causes rabies?
Rabies is caused by a virus. The virus invades the central nervous system and disrupts its functioning.
How does rabies spread?
The rabies virus is transmitted in the saliva of infected animals. People usually become infected with the virus by being bitten by an infected animal, but any contact with the saliva of an infected animal (alive or dead) can potentially lead to infection if the person has an opening in the skin or the saliva gets into their eyes, nose, or mouth. You cannot get rabies from the blood, urine, or feces of a rabid animal, or from just touching or petting an animal.
How long does it take to show signs of rabies after being exposed?