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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rabies (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the United States 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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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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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

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Can i get rabies if i smooch a rabid person/dog?

Probably not: Transmission of rabies usually occurs when infected saliva is passed to an uninfected animal. The most common mode of rabies transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host, although transmission has been documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and transplants. ...Read more

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What could happen if a wolf bit you? Can you get rabies?

Transmission of: rabies from wolves to humans is not common. Although a wolf could become infected by rabies - it does not serve as a reservoir. There are few attacks by rabid wolves in North America.There are still a limited number of cases reported in the Middle East. ...Read more

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Is there a place to get tested for rabies if no insurance?

? tested ?: You don't get tested for rabies. If the animal is caught, it is either quarantined or the brain sent to the state lab for testing. That is a health department/animal control issue. If you think you are exposed you either get the vaccine or not depending on local health department assessment. They have & decide who gets the vaccine & how to cover costs. ...Read more

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If a raccoon that has rabies scratches you can you get rabies?

Unlikely: Rabies virus is transmitted in the saliva of the infected animal. It is unlikely that one would get rabies from a rabid raccoon scratch, unless the raccoon just licked his paws prior to scratching the person. Because rabies is a fatal disease, scratch victims should be evaluated by their doctors, and may end up getting vaccines just to be extra safe. ...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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If you get rabies and don't notice the symptoms which show up months later is it too late by then?

Yes: Once symptoms of rabies appear, the disease has already progressed too far to be treated. Symptomatic rabies is virtually always fatal. ...Read more

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My friend was bit by a raccoon while attempting to get it out of her garage. Should she get rabies shots?

Raccoon bite: Raccoons can carry rabies, and it would be prudent for the person bitten to seek care at the county health department for rabies prevention ( injections). ...Read more

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If i get the rabies shot will it protect against a previous exposure to it or will I have to get the series of shots?

Get the series: The Rabies Vaccine can be given in anticipation of spending time in an area which is high-risk for exposure, such as living abroad. However, if you are exposed to rabies you must get the full series of vaccines regardless of prior vaccine status. ...Read more

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Can i get rabies from clealing a bowl a stary cat salvated in . I feed this stray cat every day and it started hissing at me , it might have rabies . ?

Can i get rabies from clealing a bowl a stary cat salvated in . I feed this stray cat every day and it started hissing at me , it might have rabies . ?

See below: The virus transmission is mainly through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal and organ transplantation with saliva of infected animal ...Read more

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Hi i have a labra dog and he bite me when he at 2 month and at Jan 2016 and got 3 shot of rabies after 8month June 2017 he bite me again should I get?

No: You are considered safe from rabies exposure within the 2 years after completing the primary series.After 2 years they encourage those with high risk to have antibody levels checked or get a booster. ...Read more

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Scratched by a cat 16 days ago, cat was fine for 4 days then she disappeared. I had 3 rabies shots 13 years ago and one rabies shot around 22 months ago. How many shots should I get now? (pakistan)

Scratched by a cat 16 days ago, cat was fine for 4 days then she disappeared. I had 3 rabies shots 13 years ago and one rabies shot around 22 months ago. How many shots should I get now? (pakistan)

Ask your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Can i get rabies from my dog?

Can i get rabies from my dog?

RABIES: Less than 1% of cases come from domesticated animals. Have your dog vaccinated. ...Read more

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When should someone get rabies pep?

Bite exposure: one receives rabies prophylaxis after a bat exposure in your home or dog bite with unknown rabies vaccination history. also wild animal bites if present. 4 vaccinations are needed on set days after exposure. ...Read more

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Can you get rabies from a cat scratch?

No: Even if the cat has rabies, and I have not heard of that as a source in the usa, the claws would not be infected and while other conditions like 'cat scratch fever' can arise from a scratch, rabies is not on the table. ...Read more

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Can u get rabies from a slight cat scratch?

No: Rabies in america is mostly from wild animals like the bat, raccoon, fox etc. And some domestic dogs that are not vaccinated. I am not aware of rabies from cat scratch. However, if you are scratched by a kitty, beware of cat scratch disease then. Hope that you are healthy. ...Read more

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Can you get rabies through a cat graze (uk)?

Can you get rabies through a cat graze (uk)?

See cdc.com: Theoretically possible, but it has never been documented. Usually transmitted through the bite and saliva of an infected host. Read the cdc.Com site on rabies for more information. I have more concerns about cat-scratch fever. (read about online or seek physician appointment in the next few days). ...Read more