It is important to remember that rabies is of medical urgency. The rabies virus is transmitted through saliva or brain/nervous system tissue. You can only get rabies by coming in contact with these specific bodily excretions and tissues from an infected animal. If you have come into contact with a wild animal or been bitten by any kind of mammal you should consult with your doctor and the Animal Control Officer or Health Officer. Decisions should not be delayed. See your doctor for attention for any animal bite or any injuries due to an animal attack.'Wash any wounds immediately. One of the most effective ways to decrease the chance for infection is to wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water. Your doctor, possibly in consultation with your state or local health department, will decide if you need a rabies vaccination. Decisions to start vaccination, known as postexposure prophylaxis (PEP), will be based on your type of exposure and the animal you were exposed to. Current vaccines are relatively painless and are given in your arm, like a flu or tetanus vaccine. Wash any wounds immediately. One of the most effective ways to decrease the chance for infection is to wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water. Your doctor, possibly in consultation with your state or local health department, will decide if you need a rabies vaccination. Decisions to start vaccination, known as postexposure prophylaxis (PEP), will be based on your type of exposure and the animal you

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