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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)

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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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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I'm wondering how long does rabies live in a dead animal?

Not long!: The virus incubates in affected animal's body for apporximately 3-12 weeks. The animal has no signs of illness during this time. When it reaches the brain, the virus multiplies rapidly, passes to the salivary glands, and the raccoon begins to show signs of the disease. The infected animal usually dies within 7 days of becoming sick. It's unlikely to be infected if the animal is dead. ...Read more

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Can I get rabies from an infected person or can I only get it from animals?

Can I get rabies from an infected person or can I only get it from animals?

Yes, from a person: A person can catch rabies from an infected person if the infected person's saliva gets into the non-infected person's eyes, nose, mouth, or skin wounds. A person can also get rabies if he is bitten by an infected person. If a rabies-exposed person is already getting his rabies vaccines, he is considered "safe" and not contagious, but family members should verify that with the bite victim's doctor. ...Read more

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Post exposure rabies series unfinished after 3 rv shots due to animal being cleared and sent home. Am i still protected like pre exposure 3 shots?

Yes: The vaccine used in pre and post exposure prophylaxis for rabies are the same. The main difference is the timing and the pre-exposure vaccine is slightly less than the post-exposure vaccine. ...Read more

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If a person was bitten by a cat/dog and that animal is alive for 20days after that bite,will that person get rabies?Does he need to get rabies PEP?

Too late: If you waited that long after exposure it would be too late to benefit from rabies shots. If the animal had no symptoms by that point, the animal did not have rabies.Those whose lifestyle place them at risk for rabies exposure (animal control, living in endemic areas) can get the vaccine ahead of time and be protected for at least 2 years from any exposure. ...Read more

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What are the chances of me having rabies without ever being bitten or scratched by an animal? Ive rough housed and played with my vacinated dog though

What are the chances of me having rabies without ever being bitten or scratched by an animal? Ive rough housed and played with my vacinated dog though

None: There is no rabies risk from a domesticated dog who has been vaccinated against rabies. Other animals such as bats, skunks, raccoons and foxes carry a much higher risk of transmitting rabies. I hope this has been reassuring. ...Read more

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What can happen if don't get the shot for rabies and an animal bites you?

What can happen if don't get the shot for rabies and an animal bites you?

Rabies shots: Most people do nor receive the rabies vaccination prior to animal bites except people with increased exposure due to occupation. The vaccine is given post "suspected" rabies exposure along with the rabies immune globulin, human (hrig) injection. Local wound care should also be initiated. ...Read more

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How many shots to you get if you got bit and no animal to test for rabies?

5: If deemed an at risk bite due to the species (ex skunk) one gets1 dose of hrig and 4 doses of rabies vaccine ted butler md. ...Read more

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If a rabid animal drank from a puddle And later I went through it and water got on my cuts will I develop rabies?

Contacting Rabies: The way u can get rabies is thru contact of saliva or brain tissue from an infected (rabid) animal. This generally happens with bites by such animals. It is extremely rare for someone to get this infection through indirect contact by being in the water body momentarily contacted by such an animal. However, since Rabies is a deadly disease prudence is warranted and u should seek medical help ASAP. ...Read more