In observance of World Rabies Day, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) reminds pet owners, those who interact with animals, and parents for how to prevent rabies.
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system. It is transmitted from infected animals to other animals and humans. The exposure is nearly always through a bite, but rabies can also be transmitted if a rabid animal scratches a person or if its saliva comes into contact with broken skin. All mammals are susceptible to rabies. In Wisconsin, skunks and bats are the most likely animals to carry the rabies virus.