Rabies virus is as old as the earth's first animals

Rabies, a disease that's been mentioned in media beginning with the Bible and infected werewolves in scores of old horror movies, is still relevant today, experts say. Globally, about 60,000 people die annually after contracting the disease from animal bites. In America, human cases from pet bites are rare, but wildlife still poses a threat, says AVMA assistant director Lynne White-Shim. "Just because we don't hear about rabies doesn't mean it's not in the environment."

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