Rabies is a very serious viral disease that affects the brain and spinal cord of mammals (if an animal has hair or fur, it is a mammal).
Rabies is usually a disease of animals, but it can spread from an infected animal to a person.
In people, the disease can be prevented by getting vaccinated after exposure; otherwise, the disease is fatal. The animals that most commonly carry rabies in Massachusetts are raccoons, skunks and bats.
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