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Rabies is a virus that can infect all mammals, and it is most frequently transmitted to humans through a bite from a rabid animal. Foxes, especially in the North Slope and Southwest regions, are the most common transmitters of rabies in Alaska. Rabies is a serious disease that can cause death within days of symptoms, so be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you suspect exposure.

In January 2017, a stray dog brought in to Anchorage from the Yukon-Kuskokwim (YK) Delta tested positive for rabies. Read the Public Health Advisory here.

Resources for the General Public

State of Alaska

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Resources for Healthcare Providers

State of Alaska: Alaska Rabies Control Manual (Updated March 2017)