What is rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease of the central nervous system that is almost always fatal. Rabies in humans is very rare in the U.S. but rabies in ground animals- especially wildlife- is common in some parts of the country. Rabies has infected ground animals in Massachusetts after 40 years of being found only in bats.

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1. What is rabies?
2. How common is animal rabies in Massachusetts?
3. How is rabies spread?
4. What animals spread rabies?
5. How can I tell if an animal is rabid?
6. Rabies: how can rabies be prevented?
7. Where can I get more information on rabies?