Rabies (also known as Hydrophobia)

Rabies FactsOpossums rarely contract rabies but it has been known to occur.

  • Rabies CANNOT be diagnosed visually. Only a laboratory can determine if an animal is rabid.
  • House cats are a significant threat for rabies.
  • Opossums have been known to contract rabies, though it is extremely rare.
  • Rabies attacks the nervous system.
  • Rabies vaccination is not as painful as it used to be but it still hurts the wallet.
  • Avoid damaging the brains of animals that are in need of rabies testing. This means no tennis racquets when dealing with bats.



Rabies--Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Rabies--World Health Organization


United States

CDC Rabies Vaccination Guidelines (1999)

Rabies Compendium of Animal Control--AVMA

Rabies Information Home Page--Centers for Disease Control

Rabies Management--USDA Wildlife Services 
Site includes reports and images on various rabies control programs by the USDA-Wildlife Services program.

Wildlife Rabies Increasing?--Originally Published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Oct-Dec, '95 HTML




Rabies--Kansas State Univ. Rabies Testing Lab

Rabies--Penn State University

Rabies--University of Maine

Rabies--South Dakota State Univ.



Mar 12, 2007. Wildlife Services seeks to control Rabies. Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Nov. 3, 2006. 10 yr old rabies victim dies. IndyChannel.com

Sept 14, 2006. Rabies increasing in Maine. Bangor Daily News.

May 16, 2006.
"Carbon raccoon case reveals rabies risk. Woman is getting shots for scratch. Advice: Avoid wild animals and vaccinate pets." By Chris Parker. The Morning Call, PA.

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