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how can people get rabies?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
From infected saliva: In the U.S., people can catch rabies from the bites of infected animals. The virus is in the saliva of the rabid animals. In the U.S., the animals that carry rabies are raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats. However, any mammal can become infected and transmit it to other mammals.
Answered on Nov 2, 2019
Dr. Sarojini Budden
Specializes in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
From an animal bite: Rabies is caused by a virus that infects animals such as dogs and bats. If the rabid animal bites a human they can get Rabies. It can be prevented by being immunized against it. people traveling to tropical countries or places where this may occur are advised to get immunized
Answered on May 11, 2014
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Rabies: Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html
Answered on Sep 23, 2016

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