Rabies is a fatal viral disease of the nervous system caused by a Rhabdovirus which can affect all mammals including humans.
The disease is usually spread by saliva following a bite from an infected animal. Clinical signs include aggression and paralysis, and it can lead to death if left untreated.
Rabies was eradicated from the UK in 1922 and the Pet Travel Scheme and quarantine protects against infected animals entering the UK. However some European bats carry rabies-related viruses.
If you require further information, please refer to the DEFRA website.