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A 23-year-old female asked:

Can rabies virus be transmitted by water while washing saliva from intact skin and water pass through broken skin?

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Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Dr. Arnold Lentnekanswered
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Unlikely : Unclear if skin was broken or not. Unclear if dog was definitely rabid. If skin broken and dog definitely rabid get help now

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A 37-year-old male asked:

Can rabies virus transmit by water while washing saliva from intact skin and water pass through broken skin?

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Dr. William m Simpson
Family Medicine 50 years experience
Theoretically, yes: Theoretically it is possible to transmit the virus in saliva from an intact surface to a non-intact surface. The amount of dilution and size of the area of non-intact skin will determine the probability of transmission, in addition to the further dilution of the viral load following the recognition of contact with non-intact skin. If in doubt, post-exposure prophylaxis should be considered.
Last updated Feb 20, 2021

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