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Jobs or Hobbies That Increase the Risk of Rabies Exposure

Those who do certain kinds of work or activities with a high risk of rabies exposure include:

  • Veterinarians.
  • Animal handlers.
  • Lab workers who regularly handle rabies specimens.
  • People who regularly enter bat caves (spelunkers and speleologists).
  • Field biologists.
  • Travelers who spend 30 days or more in areas where dog rabies is more common. These areas include Latin America, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

Travelers should have their rabies vaccinations before they leave and should schedule the vaccinations before they begin taking medicines to prevent malaria.

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Desensitization and Counterconditioning

  Systematic desensitization and counterconditioning are two common treatments for fears, anxiety, phobias and aggression—basically any behavior problem that involves arousal or emotional reaction. When the problem is rooted in how a dog or cat feels about a particular thing, it isn’t enough to just teach him a different behavior—like sit instead of lunge and growl. What’s most effective is treatment that will change the way he feels about something. This treatment will eliminate the underlying...

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
Last Revised August 27, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: August 27, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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