A leashed German shepherd dog snarls.

Rabies is a viral disease that affects mammals, including wildlife, pets, and humans. It is most commonly transmitted through the bite of an infected animal.

Although rabies infections in humans are very rare, they are almost always fatal if not quickly identified and treated. Once symptoms appear, it is too late. To date, only two people worldwide have been documented to have survived clinical rabies.

Post Tara Roth, Ph.D.

Four Things Should Know About Rabies

Rabies has achieved somewhat of a boogeyman quality due to its high risk of death and tendency to invade the nervous system but did you know that this frightening disease is actually very rare in California?

1. Rabies is very dangerous.