What animals spread rabies?

The rabies virus can infect any animal (if it has hair or fur, it's a mammal), but it is only common among certain ones like bats, skunks, foxes, and raccoons. Cats, dogs, and livestock can also get rabies and spread it to their owners - if they do not have special shots to protect them. Rabies is very rare among rodents like squirrels, rats, mice, and chipmunks, Birds, fish, lizards, turtles, and insects (bugs) cannot spread rabies.

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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?