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Doctor insights on: Is It Possible To Get Rabies From An Animal Before The Virus Reaches Its Brain

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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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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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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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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?

I-3 months: Rabies incubates in the body of the victim, and even an animal who has been infected, may not have it in saliva for quite some time. Once it is active in a victim, the virus multiplies, and migrates up nerve fibres into the brain. The typical period is about one to three months, giving time to use vaccines to save a life. ...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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Is it possible to get rabies from an animal whose rabies virus is still in its incubation period?

Likely not: Transmssion of the rabies virus is via virus-containing saliva which does not occur until after infection is established in the brain. Despite this, if a domesticated animal. Is the source of the bite, the animal is quarantined for a week to make sure no symptoms develop. ...Read more

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By what means do animals (mammals) get infected with rabies virus?

Rabies: Rabies is carried in the animal's saliva. When they bite other animals they transmit the 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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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more