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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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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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Please tell me if you can catch rabies by touching an object?

Please tell me if you can catch rabies by touching an object?

No: Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html ...Read more

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My cat caught and killed a mouse in my yard, when I went to get my cat away from the mouse he scratched me (a little blood), worry about rabies?

My cat caught and killed a mouse in my yard, when I went to get my cat away from the mouse he scratched me (a little blood), worry about rabies?

Rabies: No, especially if your cat has been immunized against rabies. Mice can potentially carry rabies, but it is very rare. They usually don't get past the bite part, they die or get eaten. ...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.

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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I have a raccoon that we feed on occasion. It does not appear to be sick. Should I be concerned that I could catch rabies from it without being bit?

Not without exposure: You will never know when or how this animal is exposed and becomes rabid. Any semi-tolerance of you while healthy can end with an aggressive change at any point, and the animal may carry the virus then.I would avoid any attempt at close contact. ...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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Can you catch rabies from a small cat scratch wound?

Can you catch rabies from a small cat scratch wound?

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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