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Do squirrels carry rabies?

Do squirrels carry rabies?

Almost never: 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.

http://www. Cdc. Gov/rabies/exposure/animals/other. Html ...Read more

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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Can you get rabies from being sprayed by a skunk?

Can you get rabies from being sprayed by a skunk?

No: You have to be bitten by an animal infected with rabies in order to get rabies. The spray from the skunk does not contain rabies. ...Read more

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If you get bitten by a squirrel, do they carry any diseases besides rabies?

Rabid squirrel?: It is highly unlikely that a squirrel, rodent or lagomorph would be a rabies vector. The most concerning infection from a puncture wound from such animals would be sceondary bacterial infections. Verifying that your tetanus vaccine is up to date would be wise. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Do fleas carry rabies?

Not Rabies: Fleas can carry tapeworms ; murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague. ...Read more

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Can red shouldered hawks carry rabies?

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

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My question is can you get rabies from touching a hose that someone else touched after cleaning up a dead skunk?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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Feeding geese and 1 nipped my thumb. No skin break. Do they carry rabies?

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

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Is there any cases of rabies in the u.S?

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

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How could someone have contracted rabies in the u.S.?

Mostly via bat bite: Rabies virus is present in the saliva of rabid animals (bat, raccoon, skunk, fox, and coyote) and is transmitted by bites. ...Read more

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Is rabies communicable?

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

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Can I die I think I have rabies?

Can I die I think I have rabies?

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

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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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What are the symptoms of rabies?

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

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I think I have rabies. Will I die?

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

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How are the symptoms of rabies treated?

Rabies: Mayo clinic website treats this topic thoroughly:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/rabies/ds00484/dsection=treatments-and-drugs. ...Read more

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How to know if I have contracted rabies?

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

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How to tell if I have contracted rabies?

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

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How high is the risk of rabies in cats?

Good question: The risk is the same as for dogs. Any bite by a cat should be seen by a physician as soon as possible to rule out other illnesses common to cats besides rabies. ...Read more

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What are common signs for rabies in humans?

See below: Rapidly progressive central nervous system manifestations including anxiety, dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing), and seizures. ...Read more

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What should I do if I think I might have rabies?

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

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Should I be concerned about the possibility of rabies?

More info please: There is not enough information in your question. Please talk with your doctor or the health department ASAP if you are concerned about rabies. Do not wait to call; call now.
Rabies can be prevented with shots, but it cannot be treated once symptoms start. ...Read more