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Doctor insights on: Parts Of An Animal That Can Transmit Rabies

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Are there any diseases directly transmitted by rodents such as mice that can cause twitching throughout the entire body of a human?

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

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Rabies (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the United ...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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What must occur to the capsid of a virus to jump the species barrier from an animal to a human?

What must occur to the capsid of a virus to jump the species barrier from an animal to a human?

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

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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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Arw there bug bites that might spread to other parts of one's body where the person was not bitten?

Sometimes: Sometimes bug bites will trigger prurigo which is a severe type of eczema. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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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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Will new zoonotic diseases that jump from animal to human cause the extinction of all mankind in the future?

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

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Are any human diseases transmittable through mosquitos? From human to mosquito then back to human?

Are any human diseases transmittable through mosquitos? From human to mosquito then back to human?

Mosquito to Human: transmission. Depending on where one is, mosquitoes can be a link to diseases such as Dengue Fever, Malaria, Yellow Fever, West Nile viruses & encephalitis. West Nile, encephalitis viruses & Dengue Fever (rare) can be found in the US. ...Read more

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Can seagulls become infected with rabies and pass the virus to humans through a bite or scratch?

Can seagulls become infected with rabies and pass the virus to humans through a bite or scratch?

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

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Can the kind of tapeworms that cats get from fleas cause cysts in the brain, etc. for a human if they catch it somehow?

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

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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

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How do viruses (h5n1) transmit from the animals to the humans?

How do viruses (h5n1) transmit from the animals to the humans?

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

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The first 4 days after being bitten by an unvaccinated dog, could my saliva be infective of rabies to people or animals?

The first 4 days after being bitten by an unvaccinated dog, could my saliva be infective of rabies to people or animals?

Probably not: The chance that the dog had rabies is low, and for you to have a viral load high enough (even if the dog were rabid) to infect someone within 4 days is very very very low. ...Read more

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Rabies is NOT transmitted through the blood, urine, or feces of an infected animal, is it true?

Rabies is NOT transmitted through the blood, urine, or feces of an infected animal, is it true?

That is correct.: Rabies is NOT transmitted through the blood, urine, or feces of an infected animal nor is it spread airborne through the open environment. Saliva is the primary way for an animal who is in the clinical stages of rabies to transmit the virus ...Read more

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Do dogs carry skin diseases, like ringworm, that can be transmitted to humans through touching?

Do dogs carry skin diseases, like ringworm, that can be transmitted to humans through touching?

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 more

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If a human accidentally swallowed an infected flea (tapeworm), can the body fight off the infection, or is getting a tapeworm guaranteed?

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