How is rabies spread?

The rabies virus lives in the saliva (spit) and other body fluids of infected animals and is spread when they bite or scratch. The virus can also be spread if one of these body fluids touches broken skin or a mucous membrane (in the mouth, nose, or eyes). In caves crowded with bats, it is possible to inhale the virus floating in the air.

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1. What is rabies?
2. How common is animal rabies in Massachusetts?
3. How is rabies spread?
4. What animals spread rabies?
5. How can I tell if an animal is rabid?
6. Rabies: how can rabies be prevented?
7. Where can I get more information on rabies?