Unfortunately, victims cannot always get the vaccine.
In some places, it is difficult to get medical treatment.
And sometimes people do not know that an animal has bitten them.
This is often the case with bats.
Bats are small flying animals.
They are only active at night.
If a bat becomes trapped in a house, it might bite a sleeping person.
If the bat has rabies, this is very dangerous.
A sleeping person might not know that something has bitten him.
Knowing about rabies can help.
If a bat is in your house, check yourself and your children for bites.
The second step in preventing rabies is animal control.
People can become infected through the dogs that they live with.
People and their animals can be infected through wild animals.
It is hard to control wild animals.
So, many communities are finding creative ways to prevent the spread of rabies.
In Jaipur India, as in many places, wild dogs were a big problem.
They spread rabies to local people, and to other animals.
So the authorities took action.
They sterilized many of the wild dogs.
That is, they stopped the wild dogs from having babies.
This reduced the number of wild dogs.
Authorities also treated the remaining wild dogs with a special animal vaccine, V-RG.
People can hide this vaccine in food.
Animals eat it, and it protects them from rabies.
This way, people do not need to trap the animals.
These measures have prevented many human rabies cases.
V-RG has also worked very well in Europe and in parts of the United States.
In those places, authorities use V-RG on other wild animals, like foxes or raccoons.