How is rabies spread?
Rabies virus is found in the saliva of infected animals, and is most often spread from one animal to another by bite. The virus multiplies at the bite site and travels through the nerves to the brain. It also goes to the salivary glands. Rabies virus is not found in the blood of infected animals.
Rarely, rabies has been spread to organ recipients when they received tissues from organ donors who died of rabies. In a few instances rabies has been spread to people by aerosols (droplets in the air). You can also get rabies if saliva from a rabid animal gets in your eyes, nose, or mouth, or in an open sore or wound.

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1. What is rabies?
2. How is rabies spread?
3. How do I know if an animal has rabies?
4. Can rabies be prevented?
5. What do I do if an animal bites me?