The rabies virus may affect the brain and spinal cord of mammals, including dogs, cats, and humans. Once symptoms develop, rabies is almost always fatal. Dogs and cats typically get rabies through a bite from an infected wild animal. A dog that gets infected with rabies may become aggressive, restless, and apprehensive. Signs of rabies in cats include aggression, increased vocalization, paralysis, and seizures. Unvaccinated pets that roam outdoors without supervision are most at risk. Pets with rabies can infect people. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage of rabies, how it is passed, its symptoms, outcome, and much more.
There are at least 39 important diseases people catch directly from animals. There are at least 48 important diseases people get from the bite of bugs that bit an infected animal. And there are at least 42 important diseases that people get by ingesting or handling food or water contaminated with animal feces.
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