What exactly is an exposure to rabies?

An exposure to rabies occurs when the virus-infected saliva or other potentially infectious material (e.g. neural tissue), is introduced into fresh, open cuts in skin or onto mucous membranes. Click here for more information on how to prevent or deal with an exposure. Indirect contact (petting or handling an animal, contact with blood, urine or feces, and contact of saliva with intact skin) are not exposures.

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