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What is the smallest animal that can have rabies and transmit it to people?

What is the smallest animal that can have rabies and transmit it to people?

Warm blooded: Any size warm blooded animal can transmit rabies if infected. However, small animals tend to be eaten or seriously injured by the larger animals that are commonly infected and therefore are less likely to pass it along but there is no guarantee of safety, depending on size of the animal. ...Read more

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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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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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Can rabies be caught from touching an animal that has rabies?

Can rabies be caught from touching an animal that has rabies?

Yes, sometimes: Touching a rabid animal doesn't always transmit rabies. However, rabies is fatal, so anyone who touches a known rabid animal should talk with a doctor. If a person touches a rabid animal's saliva, either directly or by touching a part of the animal that the animal was licking, then he has virus on his hands. The virus can then enter his body through the eyes, nose, mouth, or wounds in the skin. ...Read more

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Can you get rabies by being in the same room with a rabid animal? Work for vet.

Can you get rabies by being in the same room with a rabid animal? Work for vet.

Rabies from aerosols: Only under exceptionally rare cases might rabies be transmitted through the air --the environment would be a bat cave with millions of bats flying around your head. You would not get it from being near a rabid animal. However if you work in a vet's office - I would just get the vaccines as it could save you alot of trouble in the future, God forbid if u are scratched or bitten by a suspect animal. ...Read more

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Scratched by a cat 1months ago, cat was fine for 1month then she disappeared.npin pointlike cut mark / scratch found, can rabies transmit 2 me?

Scratched by a cat 1months ago, cat was fine for 1month then she disappeared.npin pointlike cut mark / scratch found, can rabies transmit 2 me?

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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My cat was fighting with an unidentified animal under my deck. 10 min later i picked her up and she scratched me. Do I have to worry about rabies?

Rabies: Hopefully your cat was vaccinated. If not, and you do not know what the animal they were fighting was, have the cat observed and checked by a veterinarian. Scratching is a very improbable means by which to transmit rabies, but since this is an almost invariably fatal illness, would take this very seriously. ...Read more

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Animals to watch out for with rabies? Ex: bats....

See below: The dominant animals of transmission in the us in order of decreasing activity are:racoons, skunks, bats and foxes. You can find more information from the cdc at:www.Cdc.Gov/features/rabiessafefamily and www.Cdc.Gov/rabies/location/usa. Follow the links on surveillance data to maps of animals in your region. ...Read more

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