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A sixth grade student would like to know if animals can develop rabies when they get old? Thanks for a response!

Rabies is a virus that is transmitted usually by a bite. Some animals that are often found infected include raccoons, bats, beaver and unvaccinated cats and dogs. It is a very dangerous disease. Treatment is successful when begun immediately after exposure. I have read that no human has developed the symptoms of rabies infection and lived to tell about it. A veterinarian might help you more than I can. HAVE FUN!!!

Michael B Lomonaco

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