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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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I found a dog with out tags in a neighborhood. The dog did lick me. Any chance of rabies? I did receive the rabies shot but it's been 6 years or so.

I found a dog with out tags in a neighborhood. The dog did lick me. Any chance of rabies? I did receive the rabies shot but it's been 6 years or so.

No: You need to actually be bitten to get rabies. Next, very few dogs actually have rabies in the United States. Far more common in bats, raccoons, beavers, skunks than in cat and dogs. Finally, dogs with active, infectious rabies are aggressive, and this dog doe snot sound like it was. Not to worry.... ...Read more

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Rabies Transmission thru anus is posibleAny Cases? I used a water lick by a cat then used a water dipper to wash my anus, CatsNormal, I'm vacnated before

Rabies Transmission thru anus is posibleAny Cases? I used a water lick by a cat then used a water dipper to wash my anus, CatsNormal, I'm vacnated before

YourCatActingDaft?: Rabies is most often transmitted through a bite from an infected animal. Less frequently, it can be passed on when the saliva of an infected animal enters another animal's body through mucous membranes or an open wound. The risk for contracting rabies runs highest if your cat is exposed to wild animals. Your story is unlikely unless your cat is acting weird. But you best call your local Health Dept. ...Read more

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My son 2yrs old was scratched by a cat. Our cat doesn't have the vaccine for rabies yet and she tend to lick her paws. Do I need to vaccinate him?

Cat scratch: It is very unlikely to get rabies via a cat scratch, but it is possible. What is much more likely for your child is "cat scratch disease, " which is a bacterial infection. It is a benign condition in most cases, but it sometimes needs to be treated with antibiotics. You should take your child to see his/her pediatrician, and you should also take your cat to the vet. ...Read more

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My cat just lick my Juice and I accidentally drink it. Cat isnot rabies vaccinated. Btw he kinda looks normal no erraticbehaviour. VaccinatedbeforePOSTep?

Rabies: If the cat is available it might help to quarantine it and observe it. If not, the risk is minimal at best, particularly since you have previously been immunized. You do not say how long ago that has been, but you can check at Makati Med Ctr if you are in Manila, or at PGH ...Read more

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My daughter completed her pep rabies vaccine less than 3 months ago. 2 days ago she pet a stray cat. No lick, bite or scratch. Is a booster needed?

My daughter completed her pep rabies vaccine less than 3 months ago. 2 days ago she pet a stray cat. No lick, bite or scratch. Is a booster needed?

No she's fine: First of all, she completed the vaccine series, so her immunity is as strong now as it ever will be. Secondly, this was not a 'true' rabies exposure, even if the animal DID have rabies. There would have to be a lick to the face (mucous membranes) or at least a scratch for me to become concerned. Hopefully your daughter is fully aware of all the rabies risks and will take the necessary precautions. ...Read more

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What will happen if a dog with a lapsed Rabies shot licks my baby in the mouth?

What will happen if a dog with a lapsed Rabies shot licks my baby in the mouth?

Probably nothing.: Rabies from domestic pets is very uncommon in most places in the US, including Los Angeles County. And if the dog is friendly the chances of rabies is less. See or call your doc. See http://publichealth. Lacounty. Gov/vet/rabiesmanual/introduction. Htm ...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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What causes rabies?

What causes rabies?

The rabies virus: Which is usually spread from the bite of an infected animal, such as a dog, cat, skunk, fox or bat. ...Read more

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Is rabies lethal or nonlethal?

ALWAYS LETHAL: After the acute phase, death is inevitable. ...Read more

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What happens if you have rabies?

What happens if you have rabies?

Many things: Incubation time is from 3-7 weeks (historically) but can occur as early as 10 days after exposure. Symptoms may include: anxiety, tension, drooling, convulsions, exaggerated sensation or pain at bite site, excitability, loss of sensation and muscle function, fevers to 102, muscle spasms, swallowing problems, numbness and tingling. Rarely do people with the disease survive, even if treated. ...Read more

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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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Can rats have rabies?

Can rats have rabies?

Rabid rats?: 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, according to the CDC. This is partly due to the fact that smaller animals attacked by larger rabid predators rarely survive the attack to begin with. ...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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Does bats have rabies?

Some do: Bats have the potential to become infected with and transmit Rabies. In the US we find the Mexican free tailed bat a common reservoir of the virus. Whether or not the bat species in your local are similarly infected can be answered by your local health authority. ...Read more

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How can we prevent rabies?

How can we prevent rabies?

Vacc. & dog catchers: Vaccines are the best way to prevent rabies in the U.S. Dogs, cats, and other pet mammals should all be vaccinated. Animal control is important. There should be no dogs on the loose anywhere in the U.S. Worldwide, about 55, 000 die of rabies each year, with almost all of them due to dog bites. Rabies is preventable if an exposed person properly gets his wound washed and gets his shots in time. ...Read more

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Can I get rabies from my dog?

Can I get rabies from my dog?

RABIES: Less than 1% of cases come from domesticated animals. Have your dog vaccinated. ...Read more

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Can rabies spread through sheep?

Can rabies spread through sheep?

Yes: Rabies can occur in any mammal. While not common in sheep, they can get it and thus transmit it to you if bitten or scratched by their saliva or blood. ...Read more

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What is risk of rabies in india?

What is risk of rabies in india?

High!: Roughly 36% of the world’s rabies deaths occur in india each year, most of those when children come into contact with infected dogs.Rabies is caused by a virus that is transmitted to humans through the infected saliva of a range of animals. But most human deaths follow a bite by, or exposure to, an infected dog. ...Read more

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Why rabies is called hydrophobia?

Agitation ; Fear..: Created by attempting to drink, "so called hydrophobia, " result in chocking and aspiration through spasms of larynx, neck, and chest wall.
Hydrophobia is a cardinal sign of rabies. ...Read more

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Do I need rabies vacine for china?

Check CDC website.: Check the cdc website at: http://wwwnc. Cdc. Gov/travel/
this is the best singlesource information site for the latest vaccine requirements and health recommendations for world wide travellers. Be forewarned if rabies vaccines are required then it will be a series of 4 or 5 shots before you go, given in a strict timed sequence over several weeks. Sounds like you are planning ahead already though. ...Read more

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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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When should someone get rabies pep?

Bite exposure: One receives rabies prophylaxis after a bat exposure in your home or dog bite with unknown rabies vaccination history. Also wild animal bites if present. 4 vaccinations are needed on set days after exposure. ...Read more

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Tiny cat scratch, can I have rabies?

Tiny cat scratch, can I have rabies?

Probably not...: While rabies is certainly transmissible from cats to humans, it generally requires an ill cat bite not scratch. The infected saliva of an infected animal transmits the rabies virus through injured skin, thereby inoculatin the victim. Incubation of rabies in a human after exposure is 1-3 months typically. I would be much more concerned about the possibility of cat scratch disease. ...Read more