U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 25-year-old male asked about a 60-year-old male:

Is eating a bat eaten fruit a source of rabies? is it true that the virus may survive only when transferred to a living animal?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Rabies: The mechanism of transmission you asked about is very unlikely. The most common method is by the transfer of infected saliva by the bite of a rabid animal. A second means for the transfer of rabies is through the ingestion of infected meat from an infected animal. The virus needs an animal host for survival.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Related questions

A 29-year-old male asked:
Can rabies virus survive outside host in soil etc ..., ? If so how long ?
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 49-year-old member asked:
Can you explain if it's true that rabies virus gets activated in human body after 6 years?
2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 27-year-old male asked:
Can rabies virus survive and still be infectious if left on plastics,metals, or water for 7 days?
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 34-year-old member asked:
Is it possible to get rabies from an animal before the virus reaches its brain?
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Last updated Jan 27, 2021


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.