How do people become exposed to rabies?

The normal route of exposure to rabies is through a bite or scratch from an infected animal. Exposure may also occur if saliva from an infected animal enters a bleeding open wound or comes in contact with an individuals eyes, mouth or nose. If you are bitten by any animal, even your own pet, wash the wound thoroughly with lots of soap and warm water, then contact your health care provider and local health agency for further evaluation.

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1. What are the signs of rabies in animals?
2. How do people become exposed to rabies?
3. How can I protect myself, my family and my pets from rabies?