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Parts Of An Animal That Can Transmit Rabies
Are there any diseases directly transmitted by rodents such as mice that can cause twitching throughout the entire body of a human?
ChangeTheSongOnRadio: Only if they're crawling all over you, freaking you out. Now don't get me wrong, those little critters can carry some rather frightful diseases that can cause muscle and joint aches, amongst other symptoms, that could make you want to twitch--even some brain inflammation that could do that too, but those diseases are rare or non-existent in the U.S. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mutations: In general to jump the species barrier the virus must acquire genes that allow it to bind to a host cell in a human. This often involves recombination with a similar virus in a different species. It may involve acquiring genes that enable it to resist host defenses. These changes do not only involve the capsid but may involve receptor and other kinds of proteins. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Will new zoonotic diseases that jump from animal to human cause the extinction of all mankind in the future?
Plague: Anything is possible. You're question may be more entertainingly answered by Michael Crichton, who is a medical doctor, by the way. ...Read more
Are any human diseases transmittable through mosquitos? From human to mosquito then back to human?
Why eating a fruit bitten by an animal like a bat would not infect someone with rabies? Does the rabies virus survive while on the fruit? Thank you!
Not known to: It has not been reported....Get a more detailed answer ›
Rabid seagull?: It is VERY unlikely that you could get rabies from a bird. Firstly, most small animals and rodents who are bitten by a rabid predator are usually killed. Secondly, transmission from a small animal with rabies would be via the saliva (seagulls can't really bite). Bats (although technically not a bird) on the other hand, can transmit rabies virus to humans. ...Read more
When there is an outbreak of west nile virus, how is the population of infected mosquitoes exterminated?
Can the kind of tapeworms that cats get from fleas cause cysts in the brain, etc. for a human if they catch it somehow?
Yes: There are two species of Echinococcus of concern in pets: E. granulosus, which can infect dogs (see micrograph, right), and E. multilocularis, which can infect both dogs and cats These may cause cysts in the brains of infected humans. Look on the internet, you will find a lot of information about this. ...Read more
Is eating a bat eaten fruit a source of rabies? Is it true that the virus may survive only when transferred to a living animal?
Rabies: The mechanism of transmission you asked about is very unlikely. The most common method is by the transfer of infected saliva by the bite of a rabid animal. A second means for the transfer of rabies is through the ingestion of infected meat from an infected animal. The virus needs an animal host for survival. ...Read more
Personal contact: Research is incomplete, but so far transmission to humans from animals (mostly birds) has been uncommon (happily) and mostly personal contact. Airborne transmission does not seem important at this time, but there is fear this could change if the virus mutates. If so, and if highly transmissible (i.e. infection by only a few virus particles), the world could see major epidemics. Fingers crossed! ...Read more
The first 4 days after being bitten by an unvaccinated dog, could my saliva be infective of rabies to people or animals?
Diseases from dogs: Diseases that can be transmitted from dogs to humans are rabies, ring worm, leptospira, brucellosis, campylobacteriosis, tapeworm, giardiasis, hookworm, leishmaniasis, q fever, rocky mountain spotted fever, roundworm, salmonellosis, lyme disease, cryptosporidiosis, toxocara infection, flea tapeworm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a plant harbour a human virus and then spread it other humans through disposing it into the oxygen?
Nope: No human infections are spread this way. No worries. ...Read more
I have numerous flea bites which came from a wild raccoon. Is there any possibility of contracting rabies from the flea bites?
Rabies: is not transmitted by fleas.Get a more detailed answer ›
If a human accidentally swallowed an infected flea (tapeworm), can the body fight off the infection, or is getting a tapeworm guaranteed?
Below: The body may "fight off the infection". First you need to know if the flea ingested was infected. And because you swallowed it, that is now impossible. Perhaps the animal the flea came from could be checked for fleas and that would give more information. ...Read more
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