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Exposure to rabies is considered to have occurred when:
The effects of the disease in animals vary and can range from depression and paralysis to excitement or aggression.
Take the following precautionary steps if you suspect someone has been exposed to rabies.
Public health officials investigate all human exposures to domestic or wild animals with suspected or confirmed rabies.
Public Health officials will ask about:
When the animal is a domestic pet, public health officials may advise to observe the animal for 10 days in order to reduce the risk of exposing others.
To protect the health and safety of Saskatchewan people and domestic animals, a provincial rabies response program has been developed.
Private veterinarians across the province will collect samples from suspect animals and submit these for rabies testing under the direction from the program's Rabies Risk Assessment Veterinarian (RRAV). In the case of human exposures, the RRAV works closely with local public health to ensure that test results are reported back promptly and to coordinate any response and follow-up activities necessary in the event of a positive rabies test result.
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