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Doctor insights on: Animals That Spread Rabies

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rabies (Definition)

Rabies is an infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the U.S. 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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What is the smallest animal that can have rabies and transmit it to people?

Warm blooded: Any size warm blooded animal can transmit rabies if infected. However, small animals tend to be eaten or seriously injured by the larger animals that are commonly infected and therefore are less likely to pass it along but there is no guarantee of safety, depending on size of the animal. ...Read more

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Can you get rabies by being in the same room with a rabid animal? Work for vet.

Can you get rabies by being in the same room with a rabid animal? Work for vet.

Rabies from aerosols: Only under exceptionally rare cases might rabies be transmitted through the air --the environment would be a bat cave with millions of bats flying around your head. You would not get it from being near a rabid animal. However if you work in a vet's office - I would just get the vaccines as it could save you alot of trouble in the future, God forbid if u are scratched or bitten by a suspect animal. ...Read more

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My cat was fighting with an unidentified animal under my deck. 10 min later i picked her up and she scratched me. Do I have to worry about rabies?

Rabies: Hopefully your cat was vaccinated. If not, and you do not know what the animal they were fighting was, have the cat observed and checked by a veterinarian. Scratching is a very improbable means by which to transmit rabies, but since this is an almost invariably fatal illness, would take this very seriously. ...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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Animals to watch out for with rabies? Ex: bats....

See below: The dominant animals of transmission in the us in order of decreasing activity are:racoons, skunks, bats and foxes. You can find more information from the cdc at:www.Cdc.Gov/features/rabiessafefamily and www.Cdc.Gov/rabies/location/usa. Follow the links on surveillance data to maps of animals in your region. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does rabies live in a dead animal?

Not long!: The virus incubates in affected animal's body for apporximately 3-12 weeks. The animal has no signs of illness during this time. When it reaches the brain, the virus multiplies rapidly, passes to the salivary glands, and the raccoon begins to show signs of the disease. The infected animal usually dies within 7 days of becoming sick. It's unlikely to be infected if the animal is dead. ...Read more

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Can I get rabies from an infected person or can I only get it from animals?

Yes, from a person: A person can catch rabies from an infected person if the infected person's saliva gets into the non-infected person's eyes, nose, mouth, or skin wounds. A person can also get rabies if he is bitten by an infected person. If a rabies-exposed person is already getting his rabies vaccines, he is considered "safe" and not contagious, but family members should verify that with the bite victim's doctor. ...Read more

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Post exposure rabies series unfinished after 3 rv shots due to animal being cleared and sent home. Am i still protected like pre exposure 3 shots?

Yes: The vaccine used in pre and post exposure prophylaxis for rabies are the same. The main difference is the timing and the pre-exposure vaccine is slightly less than the post-exposure vaccine. ...Read more

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