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Posted on: February 12, 2024 | Last Modified on: February 12, 2024

UPDATE: Rabies information from the Health Department

Natick's Health Department would like to provide some helpful rabies information, given some recent incidents with rabid wildlife.

  • Rabies is a deadly viral disease widespread throughout the United States that infects the brains of mammals, including people. The virus is found in the saliva of infected animals and is transmitted primarily through a bite. The virus can also be transmitted if saliva or brain tissue enters open wounds, eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Only mammals can be infected with and spread rabies; birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians cannot.  Although raccoons, skunks, and bats are the most frequent wild animals that test positive for rabies, other wildlife, including foxes and coyotes can also spread the disease.
  • The Health Department recommends that you vaccinate all your dogs, cats, and ferrets for rabies and keep them up to date.

If you see a wild animal acting strangely, do not approach it.  Please report it to the Natick Police and the Animal Control Officer (Peter Cunningham, or 508-647-9510 ext. 2516)

For more information, please visit

If you have general questions, please contact Natick's Health Department at or 508-647-6460.

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