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 o