Rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system of mammals (not fish, birds, or reptiles). This means that it can affect humans too. It’s a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted from animals to humans. Dogs are usually seen as the prime suspects in human rabies cases, but bats are also seen as prime carriers for the disease. Skunks, racoons, bats, jackals, wolves, coyotes, and foxes are typical wild carriers of rabies, and livestock (cows, sheep, horses) can get rabies as well as your typical domestic pet (a cat or a dog for example).
Small mammals such as mice and squirrels, as well as rabbits and hares, have never infected a human with rabies, and have rarely been found infected with the virus. On the other hand, woodchucks or groundhogs have been found to be guilty on both counts.
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