In light of a spate of rabies attacks, take a closer look at the disease, its risks and how you can avoid it.
Rabies, a deadly virus transmitted through the saliva of infected animals' bites, still poses problems for health and wildlife authorities.
The virus is found mostly in raccoons, bats, skunks, coyotes and foxes, and occasionally seen in pets.
As suburban development increases, so might humans' interactions with potentially rabid animals.
Rabid animals on the loose frequent our TVs and newsfeeds. But despite clues from cinematic rabies cases, such as Cujo and Old Yeller, what do we know about this dismal disease and how it spreads?
Although vaccine campaigns have nearly eliminated canine rabies in the country, officials say they're concerned about suburbanization and whether it will increase chances of encountering other variants of the virus from animals thriving in suburban areas.
Rabies, a deadly virus infecting mammals, is spread through bite wounds laden with the saliva of an infected animal. From the infection site, it moves through nerve cells toward the spinal cord and brain.