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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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How can people get rabies?

How can people get rabies?

From infected saliva: In the U.S., people can catch rabies from the bites of infected animals. The virus is in the saliva of the rabid animals. In the U.S., the animals that carry rabies are raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats. However, any mammal can become infected and transmit it to other mammals. ...Read more

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Can i get rabies from my dog?

Can i get rabies from my dog?

Probably not.: If your dog has received the recommended series of shots from his vet--which includes a vaccine against rabies-----the chances of your dog giving you rabies is pretty remote. ...Read more

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When should I get a rabies shot?

Exposure: If you are bitten by an undocumented animal like a stray dog that cannot be caught and observed, or if there is immediate contact with a wild creature, especially bats, foxes, skunks and raccoons. Other creatures can always carry rabies, but these are the most common. ...Read more

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What are the ways to get rabies?

What are the ways to get rabies?

Rabid animals: Normally, you get it from being bitten by an animal with rabies. Spelunkers (people who explore caves) can also get it from inhaling the bat guano (feces) in the cave. ...Read more

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Will I turn violent if I get rabies?

Will I turn violent if I get rabies?

Quite likely: If one gets infected with rabies, he has an incubation period in which he shows no symptoms. When symptoms begin, he will feel some flu-like symptoms. Then comes the bad brain symptoms, with some erratic violent behavior plus foaming at the mouth, and death some days later from paralysis and coma. The flu-like symptoms can last days to a week or so, and the rabid behavior another week or so. ...Read more

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Can my child get rabies from my pet cat?

Can my child get rabies from my pet cat?

Yes, if cat is rabid: Rabies in the U.S. Is carried by raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats. These wild animals can transmit rabies to cats, dogs, and livestock. Any mammal can become infected with rabies. The virus is in the saliva of the infected animal. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get rabies from fleas?

No: In the us most likely to get rabies from the bite of an unvaccinated mammal. An under-appreciated risk are bats with case reports described of no direct skin trauma from the bat. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get rabies from a duck?

Extremely unlikely: Rabies here is carried by raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats, which all can transmit rabies to cats, dogs, and livestock. A mammal can become infected with rabies. The virus is in saliva. In order to get rabies from a duck, the duck would have to be bitten by a rabid mammal. Then, the human would have to touch the wound and transfer some residual saliva into his own eyes, nose, or mouth. ...Read more

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How did rabies first get transmitted to humans?

Pre history: who could answer this question? animal bites have occurred sine the dawn of man and the reservoir of infectious rabies virus has probably existed just as long ...Read more