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Getting rabies is unlikely. Most animals with rabies (skunks, bats) are wild. Any wild animal could have rabies, but rodents, rabbits, and squirrels almost never do. The last known cat in Indiana with rabies was in 1984; the last known dog was in 1989.
Rabies is spread when saliva containing the rabies virus gets into broken skin.
No, but stay away from wildlife and animals acting strangely. They could
A dog or cat can be held for 10 days. If it doesn't get sick, it didn't have rabies.
If a wild animal or a stray dog or cat bites someone, it can be put to sleep and
the head sent to the Indiana State Department of Health Laboratory to be tested for rabies.
The patient, the doctor, and the local health department will decide together if they think the animal might have rabies and if the patient should be treated with the rabies vaccine.
The vaccine is given in a series of shots over a 5 week period. Unlike in the past when rabies shots were to be feared, today they cause only minor discomfort.
You may call your doctor or local health department for information on animal bites and rabies.Click here for more information on rabies.