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Canton, MI
A 17-year-old female asked:

Can rabies virus survive in a bowl of water if a rabid skunk drank from it? bowl under shade but still exposed to uv radiation for nearly 2 hours

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Very unlikely but...: Rabies virus lives in saliva. It doesn't survive long outside a mammal's body but might survive a couple hours, esp. if away from sunlight, but UV radiation kills it. It's generally transmitted via bite but could theoretically enter a dog's body through the mucous membranes of the mouth. However, the odds of this seem small and if your dog has been vaccinated for rabies infection is very unlikely.

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