Can squirrels carry rabies?



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    While contracting rabies from a squirrel is rare (woodchucks are more common carriers of the disease), it should not be completely discounted.  If the squirrel is acting erratically, or is especially vicious without much provocation and bites you, I would contact your local health department immediately to report the incident.  They might know if rabies cases are prevalent in your area, and can help determine if rabies treatment is necessary.

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    Yes, but it is rare to encounter a rabid squirrel, and only eight cases have been reported since the ’50s. Squirrel bites are not considered a high risk for rabies, but are still worth getting checked by a doctor.

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    Small rodents, such as squirrels are rarely found with rabies and are not know to cause rabies in humans in the United States.

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