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How fast does it take the rabies virus to go from the bite wound to the brain?

How fast does it take the rabies virus to go from the bite wound to  the brain?

Depends on bite : The average duration of viral incubation (the time until the virus causes symptoms) is 20-90 days. It is usually less than 50 days if the patient is bitten on the head or neck or if there is a large amount of infectious material inoculated from multiple bites or large wounds. The virus will not cause symptons during incubation. Virus is transferred to brain during incubation. ...Read more

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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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At what point during the rabies virus transit from the site of inoculation to the brain is it vulnerable to immune intervention?

At what point during the rabies virus transit from the site of inoculation to the brain is it vulnerable to immune intervention?

Before reaching: Rabies moves along nerves from the inoculation site back to the brain. The bottom line is that if you have been exposed, you take the immunizations, hopefully at once, if this is a homework question, it's a poor one as no one is absolutely certain. If you have been exposed but delayed reporting, don't give up; post-exposure immunization is a basic human right. ...Read more

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Do the rabies virus passes the blood-brain barrier?

Do the rabies virus passes the blood-brain barrier?

Rabies: The rabies virus enters the brain by entering peripheral nerves and spreading thruough the nerves to the brain. ...Read more

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Before the rabies virus passes the blood-brain barrier, how come the body does not destroy it?

Before the rabies virus passes the blood-brain barrier, how come the body does not destroy it?

Only if immune: This will only happen if you have previously been immunized and have antibodies to the virus. ...Read more

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How long does it take for rabies virus to show symptoms?

How long does it take for rabies virus to show symptoms?

See below: Historically, the incubation period is from 3-7 weeks but it has been reported from 10 days to 7 years. Nevertheless, once the infection sets in, the disease has been almost always fatal. If you suspect it at all, seek immediate medical care! ...Read more

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How long does it take antibodies to clear the rabies virus from infected cells?

How long does it take antibodies to clear the rabies virus from infected cells?

Unknown: Humans infected with rabies cannot make enough of their own antibodies to clear the infection. If you get an injection of antibodies and a vaccine shortly after being bitten by a rabid animal, that nearly always prevents infection. ...Read more

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Could animal bites need to break the skin in order to transmit the rabies virus?

Could animal bites need to break the skin in order to transmit the rabies virus?

Not necessarily: In fact, an animal bite is not needed to be infected with rabies. A rabies infection could result if the saliva of a rabid animal contacts an open wound or the eye of a person. There have been documented cases of rabies infection without a history of an animal bite. It is presumed that the infection may have occured via the aforementioned ways. ...Read more

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Dog bitten by definate rabies jackal. Can it transfer rabies virus by drinking soapy water (washing my car) 4 days after bitten? My hands in water.

Not likely.: Check with your area health officials but I would doubt the transfer of rabies. This has usually to be through broken skin that occurs when the rabid animal bites you. Best wishes ...Read more

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Hello, i want to ask if it is enough to clean potentional rabies virus from hand(not from wound) with water or is it neccessary to use desinfection?

Hello, i want to ask if it is enough to clean potentional rabies virus from hand(not from wound) with water or is it neccessary to use desinfection?

Soap/water/disinfect: Water is not enough to kill viruses or bacteria. You need to either use soap and warm water, for at least 20 seconds, or use a disinfectant/hand sanitizer. ...Read more

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As per schedule received 4th dose of rabies vaccine then after 2 hours later dog bite me again? Restart the schedule and am i safe from rabies virus?

As per schedule received 4th dose of rabies vaccine then after 2 hours later dog bite me again? Restart the schedule and am i safe from rabies virus?

Likely safe: The protective benefit of the rabies vaccine is expected to last for at least 2 years from the time you complete the series. If your exposure is within that time frame you are likely protected. Be aware that there are several other potential germs that can cause an infection from a bite, and close monitoring is advised. ...Read more

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If a friend's healthy dog snaps at you because he doesn't know you does he have rabies? No penetration to skin, no bite wound? Chance of rabies?

If a friend's healthy dog snaps at you because he doesn't know you does he have rabies? No penetration to skin, no bite wound? Chance of rabies?

Not rabid behavior: Dog bites due 2 fear. If up to date on rabies shots ur only worry is socialization of the dog ; have better control of the dog around people, . ...Read more

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Can you get rabies without broken skin/bite wound? Friends dog snapped at me but left no mark or bite. Said to have shots. Scared of getting rabies!

Can you get rabies without broken skin/bite wound? Friends dog snapped at me but left no mark or bite. Said to have shots. Scared of getting rabies!

Yes, but...: In the United States, dogs are well taken care of, and cities have good animal control services. One is unlikely to get rabies from dog bite in the U.S.. Sure, there might be a rabid dog here and there, but nothing near the level of problems seen in developing countries. In the U.S., the animals that carry rabies are raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats. Any bite should be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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Can rabies virus survive outside host in soil etc ..., ? If so how long ?

No: rabies virus needs an animal cell in which to live and replicate itself. It's survival outside a living host is short lived ...Read more

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