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can seagulls become infected with rabies and pass the virus to humans through a bite or scratch?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Rabid seagull?: It is VERY unlikely that you could get rabies from a bird. Firstly, most small animals and rodents who are bitten by a rabid predator are usually killed. Secondly, transmission from a small animal with rabies would be via the saliva (seagulls can't really bite). Bats (although technically not a bird) on the other hand, can transmit rabies virus to humans.

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