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How long am I contagious, if I contract rabies?

How long am I  contagious, if I contract rabies?

Rabies: Rabies is a lethal viral illness. The incubation from wild animal bite to symptoms is a few days to a week, but these may initially be nonspecific. There is no proven treatment once you actually have the illness, but there are experimental protocols used in hospitals. Human to human transmission by biting or kissing is conceivably possible, but no health worker has gotten rabies from a patient. ...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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Please help docs! is rabies contagious during incubation period?

Please help docs! is rabies contagious during incubation period?

Yes but very rare: There have been reports of rabies transmitted through organ transplant and transfusion. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does rabies live in a dead animal?

Not long!: The virus incubates in affected animal's body for apporximately 3-12 weeks. The animal has no signs of illness during this time. When it reaches the brain, the virus multiplies rapidly, passes to the salivary glands, and the raccoon begins to show signs of the disease. The infected animal usually dies within 7 days of becoming sick. It's unlikely to be infected if the animal is dead. ...Read more

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My rabies (4-5) injection course completed on 13th, got bitten by dog again on 16th, so do I need to take another injection. If not,for how long?

My rabies (4-5) injection course completed on 13th, got bitten by dog again on 16th, so do I need to take another injection. If not,for how long?

Vaccine basics: Once you have completed the rabies series ,your system is considered safe from exposure during a 2 year period. Those working in high risk occupations are encouraged to either check immune level (titers) at 2 years or get a booster dose. ...Read more

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How long does it take for rabies to manifest?

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 can rabies survive on surface areas?

Not very long: Rabies is spread from one mammal to another. Like many viruses it dies rapidly off its host as body heat is lost. This is a pretty good article that may help answer more of your concerns. http://www.tarakharper.com/v_rabies.htm ...Read more

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How long would the anti rabies last on humans?

2-3 years: Duration of immunity in humans after 2 injection rabies vaccination averages between 2-3 years. Some studies suggest protective levels of antibiodies as long as 10 years. ...Read more

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It takes for how long does symptoms of rabies appear?

It takes for how long does symptoms of rabies appear?

Rabies: Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html ...Read more

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Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more