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Do Skunks Carry Rabies
Small rodents like squirrels, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chipmunks, rats, and mice) and lagomorphs including rabbits and hares are almost never found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to transmit rabies to humans.
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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
I have a one inch scratch from a stray the vet believed to be carrying rabies. It just broke the surface of the skin. Am I at risk for rabies?
YES.: You should go to the ER to begin the series of rabies shots and get rabies immune globulin. These medicines can stop the rabies virus before it causes any damage in your body (specifically your brain). Any bite or scratch is of concern from a potentially rabid animal. Please don't delay. ...Read more
Am I at risk for rabies if I ate after a dog who had contact with a dead skunk, she licked my food briefly for a few seconds, unknown if she ate skunk?
Highly unlikely: Rabies virus is transmitted via saliva of an infected animal usually through a bite or blood exposure. It is not impossible for rabies to be transmitted through mucus membranes. The situation you describe above is highly unlikely for viral transmission. If the dog appears well then you should be fine. ...Read more
I am not sure.: I read about 2 red shouldered hawks in bradenton, fla dive bombing people and that one woman was administered rabies shots. However, I have not been able to find anything that definitively links this hawk to rabies. The red - shouldered hawk can carry west nile virus ; toxoplasma gondii, . ...Read more
My question is can you get rabies from touching a hose that someone else touched after cleaning up a dead skunk?
No: The most common mode of rabies transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected animal. Rarely transmission has been documented through contamination of mucous membranes (eyes, nose mouth), through air/aerosol transmission, organ transplantation. Not confirmed skunk had rabies...you touched a hose the cleaner touched. No risk. Stay well:) ...Read more
What do I do if I live in la county, have no insurance, got bit by a skunk (need rabies shots and haven't captured it), and no hospital will accept me?
Contact health dept: There are resources you can find through www. Cdc. Gov/rabies. The local la county health department contagious disease office is listed as 888-397-3778 with a web listing at http://lapublichealth. Org/acd/cdrs. Htm. Many hospitals quit carrying the material due to shortages in the spring, but supplies are now up and the county health department can help you locate it if needed. ...Read more
My dog bit me & slightpunctured skin. He hasn't had his booster rabies shot. We have wild rats in backyard. Can rats carry rabies? Do I need rabies vac
Decision making: A number of factors exist here. What was the circumstance around the bite? Unprovoked? How is your dog behaving? Normally? Has the dog been previously vaccinated? Are you located in an area where rabies is found in raccoons etc? All this aside, any warm blooded animal can get rabies but mice, rats and squirrels are almost never rabid since they do not survive the bite that would transmit it. ...Read more
Rabies: Any warm-blooded animal, including humans, may become infected with the rabies virus. Birds have only been known to be infected in experiments. Infected bats, monkeys, racoons, foxes, skunks, cattle, wolves, coyotes, dogs, mongooses or cats are the most common transmitters to humans. You will not get rabies from this goose. ...Read more
Do house dogs carry rabies if not infected by outdoor animal? Friends's dog snapped at me but left no bite/broken skin/wound. Should I worry?
Not Rabies: No. You should not worry. You have no injury and you have a story that confirms a normal 'exposure' if you did have an injury. ...Read more
Can somebody get rabies from outside (soil etc.) if there was a rabid animal's saliva? Or can carry the virus from outside to home by stepping on it?
Rabies in wildlife: Yes- rabies is found all over the U.S. in wildlife (except the state of Hawaii). Fortunately human rabies is extremely rare- but the possibility exists for transmission to humans if we are not careful. Keeping pets vaccinated and Respecting wild life is important (Note mammals are the reservoirs for the virus- esp bats and wild carnivores like coyotes). Education is key. ...Read more
Organ donation: We have just learned of the second us case of a deceased organ donor transmitting (unintentionally!) rabies to the transplant recipients with the organs. In 2004, 3 recipients all died. In this new case, 1 kidney recipient has died and the other 3 recipients are ok so far - now receiving treatment. Families + healthcare workers will also receive treatment. Very dangerous disease if untreated. ...Read more
See a doctor: Why do you think you have rabies? Have you been bitten by a dog or in close contact with another animal that carries rabies (such as bats, raccoons, skunks, opossums)? If so, don't waste any time. Go see a doctor immediately. Time is important. Untreated rabies is almost universally fatal! ...Read more
Rabies: Hello rabies symptoms may initially express with malaise, headache, fever & weakness. If a person has been bitten, the site may be itching or have a prickly sensation. As the disease progresses the person may feel anxious and have difficulty sleeping. They may behave unusually, experience hallucinations and develop delirium. If not treated early, rabies is usually fatal. ...Read more
Have you been: Involved in a high risk situation with bat, skunk, opossum, fox, raccoon or aggressive cat or dog? More rarely with wolves or ground hogs. Rabies is usually fatal after neruologic sxs develop in people who have not been vaccinated. So - if you are at risk for rabies - seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more
It's not subtle: The only question worth asking is whether you have been exposed. If you have any reason to think you have been bitten by a rabid animal, and this includes finding a dead bat in your bedroom, you need to undergo the immunization. Rabies infecction itself becomes clinically obvious in a few days from onset of symptoms. ...Read more
See doctor ASAP: If you think you've been exposed to rabies it is imperative that you see dr. Immediately. Rabies must be prevented with rabies shots after possible exposure, once the disease starts to develop it progresses to death. (only 2 cases have ever survived). Call a doctor now, tell them how you may have been exposed and start treatment if doctor agrees you are at risk. ...Read more
Need a doctor, shots: A person who thinks he was exposed to rabies should be seen by a doctor within a day or so, in order to get started on rabies vaccinations. Only certain clinics stock the vaccines. A person who has good reason to believe he actually has rabies symptoms should prevent his saliva from contacting others. He should call ahead and go to the emergency room to be hospitalized for diagnostic testing. ...Read more