What increases my risk for rabies?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

You're more likely to be exposed to rabies if you put yourself near wild animals-for example, while camping or going into caves-or if you travel to or live in countries where rabies is more widespread, especially in Southeast Asia and Africa.

If a rabid animal bites you, you're more likely to develop rabies if you don't start rabies treatment promptly. Rabies symptoms can appear in as little as 10 days, and then it is almost always fatal.

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