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Can I catch rabies by breathing in the virus?

Can I catch rabies by breathing in the virus?

Rabies Transmission: Rabies is spread by infected saliva that enters the body through a bite or broken skin by animals such as dogs, bats, foxes or skunks. Dog transmission is rare in the us due to animal vaccination. Very rarely, rabies has been transmitted without an actual bite. This is believed to be caused by infected saliva that has gotten into the air, usually in bat caves. ...Read more

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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 I catch rotavirus by breathing in the virus?

Can I catch rotavirus by breathing in the virus?

Not likely: Rotavirus is thought to be spread via the fecal-oral route -- so areas with poor sanitation and cleanliness could result in the ingestion of the virus. ...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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How long would rabies virus last in the human skin?

See below: The virus in nonifectious when it dries out & exposed to sunlight. Many types of rabies virus exist (raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, bats) and are associated with a particular animal. Typically, the time from exposure to the virus until clinical sxs appear (aka incubation period) ranges from 1-3 months (sometimes days-years). Once clinical signs of rabies appear, the disease is usually fatal. ...Read more

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How long does it take for rabies virus to show symptoms?

See below: Historically, the incubation period is from 3-7 weeks but it has been reported from 10 days to 7 years. Nevertheless, once the infection sets in, the disease has been almost always fatal. If you suspect it at all, seek immediate medical care! ...Read more

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Can a vaccinated dog for rabies pass on the virus to humans?

Can a vaccinated dog for rabies pass on the virus to humans?

No: A dog vaccinated for rabies is protected from contracting rabies from a rabies infected animal. This protects the vaccinated dog, other animals and the humans around the dog as well. ...Read more

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Can rabies virus survive outside host in soil etc ..., ? If so how long ?

Can rabies virus survive outside host in soil etc ..., ? If so how long ?

No: rabies virus needs an animal cell in which to live and replicate itself. It's survival outside a living host is short lived ...Read more

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Are there any viruses that are similar to the rabies virus? Answer please!

Really no: Rabies virus is the only virus in its family that can affect humans and the only one that travels up nerves to the brain and causes illness in the way that it does. Like everything in biology, rabies virus is phylogenetically related to other viruses but as a pathogen it's distinctive. ...Read more

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Is there a certain medical test that can detect if a person has rabies virus?

Is there a certain medical test that can detect if a person has rabies virus?

Yes but see below:: Several tests are necessary to diagnose rabies before death in humans; no single test is sufficient. Tests are performed on saliva, serum, spinal fluid, and skin biopsies of hair follicles at the nape of the neck. Saliva can be tested by virus isolation or reverse transcription followed by polymerase chain reaction (rt-pcr). Serum and spinal fluid are tested for antibodies to the rabies virus. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more