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A 25-year-old male asked:

hello sir... i kissed my girlfriend 3 dayd after i got bit by a dog. is it possible that i would transmit rabies to her?

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Dr. Virginio Rodriguez
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Very unlikely: you would have had to be presenting symptoms of rabies since the virus likes to multiply in the brain...

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A 21-year-old member asked:

A rabid dog bit me, when I will I show symptoms for rabies?

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Rabies: If you have been bitten by a rabid dog, go immediately to the emergency room as this is extemely dangerous. People bitten have a very high mortality rate unless proper treatment with anti-rabies shots are instituted very early.
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Can an uninfected dog pass on rabies?

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Extremely unlikely: An uninfected dog would not pass rabies to another animal or person. A hypothetical situation in which an uninfected dog could transmit rabies is if the dog got a big smear of infected animal saliva onto his dog fur, and then the dog's master hugged and petted his dog, and somehow managed to transfer the infected saliva from the dog fur into his (the master's) own eyes, nose, mouth, or skin wound.
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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?

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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.
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?

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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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A 28-year-old male asked:

In africa. For fun, I adopted a puppy last week, but it was vaccinated against rabies yesterday. Any rabies risks from what appeared a healthy dog?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder answered
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Depend on where/what: Are there public or private initiatives to vaccinate feral or stray dogs in the area? Did the veterinarian see any signs of rabies? Is the puppy biting you or breaking your skin? Please gather that information and share with physicians there or here (add to comments) so that you can receive helpful information.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder commented
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Provided original answer
I would still like to know if there are efforts to vaccinate strays there and what your family vet said about the pup. This would help other users :)
Apr 19, 2012

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