Human Health Risk
Goslin, Matt Henrie,
|Rabies is an important disease
which affects all mammals including humans. It has a nearly
worldwide distribution with the exception of some islands which enforce
strict controls to prevent its entry. It causes a fatal disease
unless previously vaccinated or treated before the onset of clinical
signs. There are two main forms the "furious" form and the "dumb" or "paralytic" form. With the
furious form affected individuals will show aggression and may transfer
the disease by biting another individual, as the virus is usually
spread by bites through the saliva.
|This page has been
Veterinary Virology VTMC
333.2 at the Western College
of Veterinary Medicine, University
of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The page is intended for information purposes only. If you have concerns about an animal showing signs of rabies, contact your veterinarian immediatly so that appropriate actions can be taken to control this important disease.