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can i catch rabies by breathing in the virus?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes.: Humans who catch bat rabies usually do so by inhaling aerosolized bat urine in caves.
Dr. Kenneth Reichert
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Rabies Transmission: Rabies is spread by infected saliva that enters the body through a bite or broken skin by animals such as dogs, bats, foxes or skunks. Dog transmission is rare in the us due to animal vaccination. Very rarely, rabies has been transmitted without an actual bite. This is believed to be caused by infected saliva that has gotten into the air, usually in bat caves.

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