Rabies is a viral disease transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. Animals most commonly infected are bats, raccoons, skunks, foxes and coyotes and to a much lesser extent cats, dogs, and cattle. Bats are one of the main reservoirs of rabies in New Mexico.
The rabies virus causes a disease of the brain called encephalopathy (a disease of the
brain altering brain function or structure) and eventually death. Symptoms in humans
include fever, headache, and general malaise. Once symptoms appear, it is too late for
treatment; however a post exposure vaccine is extremely effective.
View the New Mexico Department of Health's Rabies Fact Sheet