Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system.
The virus is present primarily in the saliva, brain tissue and spinal fluid of a rabid animal.
Rabies can be transmitted to all mammals and is fatal if not treated immediately. To learn
more about rabies check the
Illinois Department of Public Health Rabies Web Page.

Animals suspected of having rabies should be tested.  The head of the animal must be
complete and intact.  The Fayette County Division of Environmental Health can collect
and deliver suspected animals for testing.