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I have read that cats with rabies during incubation period will not pass on rabies. is it true? i'm very worried.

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Rabies and cats: An animal might 'shed' viruses and therefore be infective before actual symptoms are shown. For dogs and rabies, we know this can occur up to 6 days before the dog shows real symptoms of rabies. So if there's any question, it's best to find the cat and isolate it. Then, if in 10 days the animal develops rabies you will have your answer. Animals bites, esp. cats, should be evaluated by a doctor.

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