The U.S. is exceptional when it comes to rabies because aggressive vaccination of dogs has largely relegated rabies to the realm of wildlife, while canines remain the main source of human rabies exposure in other countries, writes Dr. Larry Madoff, director of the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In this article, Dr. Madoff comments on public awareness of potential exposures as well offers an overview of the virus and post-exposure prophylaxis procedures.

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