For many in New York, being able to spend time in the great outdoors is something we look forward to. However, even those who consider themselves both nature and animal lovers know to keep their distance from animals carrying rabies.

While almost any animal can contract this disease, certain animals are more likely to be carriers than others. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, educating yourself on what animals are most likely carriers of rabies is important, and knowing what the signs are that an animal might be infected is also important.

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for rabies at this time. Many animals that contract this virus will typically only live for about a week. Since rabid animals have the potential to become aggressive at the drop of a hat, the most important thing is to stay far away to protect yourself.

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Do not try to touch or help an animal infected with rabies, as even the smallest contact with a rabid animal can result in infection. Protecting yourself and others around you is important. The best action to take if you encounter a potentially rabid animal is to call authorities and seek out professional help.

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