A Seattle woman recently picked up a bat from a sidewalk to move it into a bush – not realizing, of course, that it was carrying rabies.
In some countries, about 99 percent of the time, rabies exposure is through stray dog bites, said Anne Terry, UW Medicine Travel Clinic director at Hall Health.
If you travel abroad, try to avoid stray dogs. Travel-medicine experts say that, although rabies is rare, a bite could expose you to the infection. A bite or scratch requires treatment immediately with a series of vaccines.