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Communicable Diseases - 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.

New York State requires the treatment of individuals who have been exposed to the rabies virus, and the Saratoga County Health Department is responsible for managing animal bites and exposure of domestic animals to known or suspect rabid animals.

RABIES TREATMENT ALGORITHM - prepared by the New York State Department of Health (revised 11/2010), provides the latest guidance on providing human treatment for a potential exposure to rabies - please click here.

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