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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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My husband was bitten by a dog. He was currently taking medicines and anti rabies injection. Is it ok to have sex with him?

My husband was bitten by a dog. He was currently taking medicines and anti rabies injection. Is it ok to have sex with him?

Dog Bite and Sex: Yes it is safe for you to have sex with him -- I am uncertain of his condition so cannot opine about whether that is the right activity for him (eg, locus of dog bite, did receive an operation, etc). That said, he must comply with the rabies vaccination series as that would be contagious and rapidly fatal. ...Read more

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Which medicines interact with rabies vaccine to make it fail?

Rabies Vaccination: Immunosuppressive drugs and corticosteroids may reduce the immune response to vaccines. Also chloroquine may reduce the antibody response to intradermal rabies vaccine. The intramuscular route should be used. Vaccine response with low CD4 counts, in people with HIV is also poor. May need double dose or multiple site intradermal injection. ...Read more

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Can you take immunosuppressive drugs on week after post exposure rabies treatment? I know you aren’t supposed to take them during treatment.

I wouldn't: The bodies process of reacting to these injections requires time. If you use any form of immunosuppression in the 3-6 weeks after they are given you can dull or abort their effectiveness & place you at risk. I would confer with your treating physicians on such a plan. ...Read more

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Can vitamin B12 supplement be taken along with PCECV rabipur ARV? Is there any precaution to be taken during anti rabies shot? (food wise/Drug wise)?

Yes: You can take Vit B12 with your anti-Rabies vaccine Rabipur. There are no special precautions of foods or otherwise, required while completing the series of shots. Just take them on time as advised by ur physician. ...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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How common is rabies?

How common is rabies?

Uncommon: Rabies is quite rare but it also depends on where you are. Not all a animals can transmit the disease. The reason you hear some much about it is that is a fatal disease that can be prevented with proper immunization. ...Read more

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Is rabies communicable?

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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How can people get rabies?

From infected saliva: In the U.S., people can catch rabies from the bites of infected animals. The virus is in the saliva of the rabid animals. In the U.S., the animals that carry rabies are raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats. However, any mammal can become infected and transmit it to other mammals. ...Read more

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Can people die from rabies?

Yes: If neurologic symptoms due to rabies occur in a person who has not been vaccinated - it's usually fatal. ...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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When should I get a rabies shot?

Exposure: If you are bitten by an undocumented animal like a stray dog that cannot be caught and observed, or if there is immediate contact with a wild creature, especially bats, foxes, skunks and raccoons. Other creatures can always carry rabies, but these are the most common. ...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

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How good is an anti rabies shot?

How good is an anti rabies shot?

Very effective: When given with anti rabies immune globulin, efficacy of Rabies Vaccine is very high. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of rabies?

Many presentations: Rabies can present as a nonspecific viral syndrome- headache, fever, weakness are common early complaints. Lethargy, loss of strength, difficulty swallowing and communicating can also be present. Seizures, respiratoy failure, and death are the typical final stages of this illness. ...Read more

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I think I have rabies. Will I die?

Have you been: Involved in a high risk situation with bat, skunk, opossum, fox, raccoon or aggressive cat or dog? More rarely with wolves or ground hogs. Rabies is usually fatal after neruologic sxs develop in people who have not been vaccinated. So - if you are at risk for rabies - seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Could raccoon have given me rabies?

Yes: Raccoon are a common reservoir for rabies, and may not appear ill. If you have had contact with a raccoon, even without a bite, you must discuss with dr. Once symptoms of rabies start, it is too late to get the rabies shots. Don't delay, talk with a qualified dr today! If you have a scratch, bite, wash immediately, then call dr, er, or local public health. ...Read more

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Will I turn violent if I get rabies?

Will I turn violent if I get rabies?

Quite likely: If one gets infected with rabies, he has an incubation period in which he shows no symptoms. When symptoms begin, he will feel some flu-like symptoms. Then comes the bad brain symptoms, with some erratic violent behavior plus foaming at the mouth, and death some days later from paralysis and coma. The flu-like symptoms can last days to a week or so, and the rabid behavior another week or so. ...Read more

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Example of non bite exposure to rabies?

Example of non bite exposure to rabies?

Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal transplants. ...Read more

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How are the symptoms of rabies treated?

Rabies: Mayo clinic website treats this topic thoroughly:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/rabies/ds00484/dsection=treatments-and-drugs. ...Read more