Rabies is a disease that affects the nervous system of mammals. It is caused by a virus and is typically spread by an infected animal biting another animal or person. Rabies is a fatal disease. There is no cure after symptoms of the disease appear, but a series of shots after exposure to the saliva of a rabid animal will prevent rabies. Rabies can be effectively prevented by vaccination.
Healthcare providers and clinical laboratories are required to report cases and suspect cases to the Minnesota Department of Health.