Hello there. I just wanted to reply to your post and let you know that you're not alone. I have an overwhelming fear of rabies lately. It's ridiculous because I have had pets my whole life and I have never worried about it. I mean, I'm the girl who stops to play with stray kittens, or gets close enough to a stray dog to see if it's friendly, capture it and take it to the animal shelter. I have found, loved on, rescued and kissed so many animals that I don't know. Well, now that I am a lot older and my anxiety is the most severe that it has ever been, rabies (along with tons of other ailments) has become an irrational fear. A fee months ago I went to visit my cat that I left behind at my Dad's house when I got my own place. As I was calling my kitty, a kitty that I had never seen before came running to me for love and attention. I obliged, petting and doting on this lovely feline. This cat was obviously friendly, very clean, and very very fat. Seems he came from someone else's home cause he heard someone giving out love to kitties, and he sure did want some. I picked him up. Twice. He didn't seem to appreciate it and he wanted to jump out of my arms. I set him down and as he leapt he gave a small kick with his back legs that cause a small, single puncture to my wrist. I washed it right away with soap and water . Does that sound like a story you'd hear about someone contracting rabies? I FULL BLOWN LOST MY ***** in the days following this incident. I mean, full blown panic attacks, calling the ER, calling the CDC, calling animal control. I felt the symptoms of rabies way earlier than people who have actually had the disease report feeling them. Every little thing that felt different to me was because of rabies. It took months for the fear to subside. And about a week ago my Dad found a sweet kitten and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to help. It was crawling with fleas. I gave it a bath. While it was all soapy (dirty soap from this filthy kitty) it gave a little shake and the soapy water off it's body went right in my eye. Rabies!! But, really, this time isn't that bad. I did a lot of research and I now feel a lot better about knowing that rabies is super rare. To get it from a cat or dog, it has to be active in the animal, and you would know if the animal were rabid. People wouldn't really be able to walk around with the contagious form of it because, just like the animals, you would know something is very very wrong. I really hope that you feel better and don't let rabies keep you from living an exciting life, or traveling if that is something you want to do. Hope I helped, even a little.