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A 32-year-old member asked:

I got bitten by a dog a few years ago, could i still get rabies?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes but not that one: A person who got bitten by a dog a few years ago did not get rabies virus from that bite, or he would have died long ago. However, he can get rabies now from a new bite by a rabid animal. The usual incubation period, from time of bite to time of rabies symptoms, is about 3 weeks to 3 months.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
No: I assume that you got the anti-rabies shots. Rabies causes infection and is very lethal in 1-3 weeks but if you have gone this long, you are safe. And you have the benefit of some immunity from the shots you got to protect against future exposure.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Should i get a rabies shot if i got bit by a dog?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Rabies: If it is a known dog and you know it has been immunized against rabies, then no. However, if it is a strang dog with no known history, i would speak to your doctor. Attempts should be made to identify and capture the dog for testing as soon as possible.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Can you get rabies from a dog if he got very close to you but didn't bite you?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No, very unlikely: A dog would not transmit rabies to a human without biting the human, unless the dog coughed or sneezed, and it's saliva flew through the air and landed on the human's eyes, nose, mouth, or skin wounds. The virus is in the dog's saliva.

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Last updated Mar 26, 2013

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