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Does rabies kill you?

Does rabies kill you?

Almost certainly so: Rabies, once symptoms present is (with one documented exception) 100% fatal. Fortunately is is very rare in humans in the United States. If you have reason to believe you have been exposed to rabies virus through a bite from, or contact with, a diseased animal it is imperative that you seek immediate medical care. Of course, prompt vacinnation prevents this fatal outcome. ...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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How can rabies kill a human being?

How can  rabies kill a human being?

Rabies: The virus travels to the brain, causing paralysis, leading to respiratory shutdown & death. ...Read more

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Can drinking water kill rabies virus?

Can drinking water kill rabies virus?

Rabies virus: No it cannot be killed by drinking water. If there is any animal bite and risk of rabies, you need to go right away to the emergency room to receive a series of vaccination and wound care. ...Read more

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Can hand sanitizer kill or inactivate rabies virus?

Can hand sanitizer kill or inactivate rabies virus?

Killing Rabies virus: Unfortunately hand sanitizers are not effective against Rabies virus, while they may be useful in others and many bacteria. Household bleach is more effective against Rabies virus, as it is against many other viral and bacterial agents, including staph infections. One way to make an effective solution is to mix 1/2 cup of household bleach in a gallon of water for spraying or washing with. ...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?

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