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Rabies is an infectious disease of animals. Humans are occasionally infected, and once infection is established the outcome can be fatal.

Human Rabies is acquired from virus in saliva entering a bite wound caused by an infected animal, usually a rabid dog. The severity of the bite determines the risk of infection. The disease does not usually spread from human to human.

Animal Rabies is a very similar picture to human rabies. In the stage of excitement the animal may bite vigorously and viciously at anything: sticks, stones, grass, other animals and humans, without provocation. Wild animals may be abnormally tame or appear sick - beware of approaching or picking up such an animal ("dumb rabies").

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If you have any concerns or queries about rabies or the law that sets out the measures to control the disease please contact us as below.

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  • Name Food and Consumer Safety
  • Address People Directorate, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1HL
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345