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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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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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
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
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