Rabies

Impacts

Humans, Dogs, Cats, Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Horses, Coyotes, Foxes, Raccoons, Skunks, Bats, and other Wild Mammals

Overview / Symptoms

  • Raccoons, Skunks, Bats, Foxes, and Coyotes are primary carriers of rabies
  • Squirrels, groundhogs, rabbits, and rodents like mice and rats rarely get rabies
  • In the “furious” form, wild animals may appear to be agitated, bite or snap at imaginary and real objects, and drool excessively. In the “dumb” form, wild animals may appear tame and seem to have no fear of humans
  • Infected animals transmit rabies to other animals or humans via saliva following a bite or scratch
  • Infects the central nervous system causing disease in the brain and eventually death
  • Humans will first experience common flu-like symptoms and may also have discomfort, tingling, itchiness at the bite location. As the disease worsens humans may experience cerebral dysfunction, anxiety, confusion, agitation, delirium, abnormal behavior, hallucinations, and insomnia