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What is Rabies?
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

What are the Symptoms of Rabies?
The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.

For Veterinarians, Animal Control, and Law Enforcement Officials
Eastern Idaho Public Health has an Animal Bite/Exposure Protocol for Quarantining and/or Testing Animals for Rabies. If testing of animal is approved by district or state epidemiologists, please use this Rabies Test Request Form.

Where Can I Get More Information?
For more information about rabies, please contact:

Infectious Disease Program
Eastern Idaho Public Health
1250 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401

Additional information about rabies may also be found at

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Rabies


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