Rabies is a viral disease transmitted through saliva and/or brain nervous system tissue. Being bitten or coming in contact with infected nervous tissue is the only way you can be exposed to the virus. Petting, handling, blood contact, or urine/feces contact can not give you the rabies virus.
Animals infected with rabies aren't always easy to spot. In fact, it's almost impossible to tell if an animal has rabies just by looking at it. Some animals exhibit hyperactive behaviors when infected, while others are more docile and tame. If you think an animal is rabid, you should stay away from the animal and report the incident to our Registered Sanitarian at (304) 265-1288.
If you've been bit by an animal - even a household pet, take the incident seriously. Wash the wound immediately, and receive prompt medical care.