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Rabies in Maricopa County

 

 

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

 

 

 

To report a suspected rabies case or to receive a
rabies assessment call the Maricopa County
Department of Public Health:
(602) 747-7500 (24 hours a day)

 

Rabies in humans is 100% preventable through prompt and appropriate medical care. Without medical care the rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.

 

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Epidemiology - Rabies

 

Street Address:

4041 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

 

Telephone

602.372.2605

 

Reference Links:

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control

 

AZ Game and Fishing

 

Arizona Department of Health Services

 

CDC

 

USDA

 

World Rabies Day