Rabid bats are the most common source of exposure to the deadly virus in the US, CDC warns  

Mail Online | 6/12/2019 | Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com
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The majority of rabies cases in the US come from bats, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Wednesday.

Dogs were once the most dangerous carriers of the life-threatening disease.

Times - Bats - Rabies - Cases

But times have changed, and bats are now responsible for seven out of 10 rabies cases.

Although about 5,000 rabid animals are reported each year in the US, only between one and three cases are reported in humans, an encouraging statistic that the CDC attributes to pet vaccination.

Rabies - Disease

It's rare now, but rabies is a terrifying disease.

The potent virus is nearly always fatal to humans exposed to it and the disease quickly passes the point of no return.

Rabies - Saliva - Bites - Form

Rabies is passed through saliva, so humans most commonly get it from animal bites of some form or other.

The virus swiftly attacks the nervous system, causing animals - or people - to convulse and become confused and even act 'mad' and erratic.

Depiction - Rabid - Animal - Dog - Mouth

A classic depiction of a rabid animal is of a dog, foaming at the mouth, but not all infected animals do.

In fact, bats don't have these obvious physical symptoms.

CDC - People - Bats - Things - Bats

Instead, the CDC advises people to watch out for bats that are doing things bats don't normally.

For example, bats are nocturnal animals, so if you see one flying around in the daytime, there's likely something off about the animal - and it just might be rabies.

Bat - Yard

Or, if a bat is struggling to fly and flailing a yard, it's best to avoid it.

Bats have emerged as the leading rabies threat only in relatively recent years.

Dogs - Concern - American - Children

That's primarily because rabid dogs were a significant concern, especially to American children.

But - not unlike the MMR vaccine for humans helped to all...
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