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WHAT IS RABIES AND YOUR RISK OF CATCHING IT?

Rabies is a serious viral infection that is spread to humans by being bitten, scratched or licked on a wound or mucous membrane by an infected animal. The infection causes inflammation of the brain and nervous system. It is always fatal once symptoms develop, but can be prevented if treatment is given quickly after exposure. In the UK, rabies is not found in the animal population (except bats) and infections are almost always picked up by travelers abroad. Tens of thousands of people die each year from rabies, mainly in Asia and Africa, and 40% of people bitten by suspect rabid animals are children under 15 years of age. While rabies can be transmitted by any infected animal to humans, the W

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