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Doctor insights on: Animals That Spread Rabies

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rabies (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the United States is infected bats. Symptoms of rabies include an initial flu-like illness followed by increasing paralysis, agitation, and confusion. The classic drooling symptom is due to an inability ...Read more


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Can rabies be caught from touching an animal that has rabies?

Can rabies be caught from touching an animal that has rabies?

Yes, sometimes: Touching a rabid animal doesn't always transmit rabies. However, rabies is fatal, so anyone who touches a known rabid animal should talk with a doctor. If a person touches a rabid animal's saliva, either directly or by touching a part of the animal that the animal was licking, then he has virus on his hands. The virus can then enter his body through the eyes, nose, mouth, or wounds in the skin. ...Read more

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Can rabies spread through sheep?

Can rabies spread through sheep?

Yes: Rabies can occur in any mammal. While not common in sheep, they can get it and thus transmit it to you if bitten or scratched by their saliva or blood. ...Read more

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Can rabies from rabid dogs be transmitted to people when rabid dogs cough or sneeze?

No.: Rabid dogs don't cough or sneeze - they foam at the mouth, act crazy, and bite people. Rabies is very rare in dogs in this country, now that rabies shots are required by law pretty much everywhere - but if you see a stray dog acting strangely, don't get anywhere near enough to be sneezed on by it - call the cops! ...Read more

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By what means do animals (mammals) get infected with rabies virus?

Rabies: Rabies is carried in the animal's saliva. When they bite other animals they transmit the infection. ...Read more

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Rabies virus is spread by air?

Rabies virus is spread by air?

Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal transplants. ...Read more

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Can my cat spread the human scabies mite?

Can my cat spread the human scabies mite?

Doubtful: Animals ; pets carry different scabies mites. Scabies mites that live on pets are different from the ones found on humans. But, mites on pets may be transmitted to you from an infested pet. They can burrow under your skin resulting in itching. This type of mite will not reproduce on you ; should die within several days. You won't require medication but your animal needs to be treated. ...Read more

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Could mosquito bites or bugs spread aids in human beings?

Could mosquito bites or bugs spread aids in human beings?

No: insects / mosquitos are not vectors for HIV. The virus is too fragile to remain alive in the body of a mosquito. ...Read more

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Cats and pasteurella multocida transmission to humans, is this possible?

Cats and pasteurella multocida transmission to humans, is this possible?

Yes: Pasteurella multocida is a gram-negative, coccobacillus that causes the majority of wound infections from cat ; dog bites. ...Read more

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Might dogs spread eye infections to humans?

Might dogs spread eye infections to humans?

Unlikely: Most organisms are species specific and so a dog with an infected eye will not have a species that will transfer to humans. There are a few cross overs like rabies that can affect any mammal. ...Read more

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Are any human diseases transmittable through mosquitos? From human to mosquito then back to human?

Mosquito to Human: transmission. Depending on where one is, mosquitoes can be a link to diseases such as Dengue Fever, Malaria, Yellow Fever, West Nile viruses & encephalitis. West Nile, encephalitis viruses & Dengue Fever (rare) can be found in the US. ...Read more