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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?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 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.

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