Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. People get rabies from the bite of an animal infected with rabies (a rabid animal). Any wild mammal, like a raccoon, skunk, fox, coyote or bat can have rabies and transmit it to people. Dogs and cats, and other domestic animals can transmit rabies. It is also possible, but quite rare, that people may get rabies from the saliva of a rabid animal if the saliva gets directly into their eyes, nose, mouth or a wound.
Most of the rabid animals found in Yavapai County have been foxes.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for more information about rabies.