In the United States, there is another important prevention method.
As in many countries, many people like to own dogs.
These pets bring their owners a lot of joy.
The government requires that owners treat all young dogs with a vaccine.
This protects the dogs, but it also protects the dog owners!
Many local authorities also catch wild dogs.
This helps prevent the disease from spreading.
In the city of Beijing, China, the authorities have a similar plan.
Rabies has greatly increased there over the last ten years.
So, in an effort to stop the disease, the government limits the number of dogs that people can own.
Now, people can only own one dog.
And dogs are also banned from public areas.
The authorities hope that these actions will reduce the number of dogs in the city.
Fewer dogs should result in fewer dog attacks.
But some people argue that limiting the number of dogs is not right.
Many people do not want to give up their dogs.
And they do not believe that these actions will reduce rabies.
The measures in Beijing are just beginning.
But the authorities hope that less dog attacks will result in less human cases of rabies.
And some people claim that the remaining dogs will have better care.
All people should be mindful of rabies.
Be careful of animals that are acting strangely.
If you own a dog, get your dog vaccinated.
And encourage your local government to take care of wild dogs, and other wild animals.
Finally, if you or someone you know is bitten by a dog or wild animal, get treatment immediately.