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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Can I pass rabies through kiss after a few hours after getting the vaccine?

Can I pass rabies through kiss after a few hours after getting the vaccine?

No: You are safe in this manner. The vaccine contains Rabies virus in a weakened form which can still allow your body to make antibodies against Rabies. It has been altered in the lab and reproduced in lab cells for the vaccine in this weakened form, amplifying the elements that your immune system can combat. It is not strong enough to give the disease itself. ...Read more

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If someone kissed someone with possible exposure to rabies (bat bite) before the full course of the PEP was finished could they contract rabies?

If someone kissed someone with possible exposure to rabies (bat bite) before the full course of the PEP was finished could they contract 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. 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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A car scrachted me then i started vaccine with suspect of rabies i got my first vaccine then i kissed my girlfriend so is that a risk to pass her?

A car scrachted me then i started vaccine with suspect of rabies i got my first vaccine then i kissed my girlfriend so is that a risk to pass her?

No: Many questions...surprised if you got rabies treatment for a cat scratch; almost always transmitted through a bite. If you are receiving prophylaxis/rabies vaccine to protect again future bites/exposures, also no concern with kissing. There is no transmission of disease from a human receiving rabies vaccine. I hope this helps. Stay well:) ...Read more

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Last day i got bitten by a dog. After getting my first vaccine shot i kissed my girlfriend. Is is possible to pass rabies to my girlfriend?

Rabies: Most rabies is acquired through exposure to saliva from an animal bite. In rare cases, rabies results from a non-bite exposure (eg, aerosolized virus in bat caves) or transplantation of tissue from a donor with unrecognized rabies. No transmission of rabies has been documented from infected patients to healthcare personnel or household contacts or by fomites or environmental surfaces. ...Read more

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I am receiving rabies vaccine after being bitten by a street dog. I had a deep lip kiss with my girlfriend. Is it dangerous for her??

I am receiving rabies vaccine after being bitten by a street dog. I had a deep lip kiss with my girlfriend. Is it dangerous for her??

Probably not: It is dependent on where you were bitten. If on the lip a possibility exists. If elsewhere very low probability. ...Read more

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A street cat scracht me 3 days ago then i get my first vaccine then i kissed with my girlfriend is it possible to pass rabies to her ? scracht on hand

No risk of spread: Good you are getting treatment after a possible rabies exposure. Can they find the cat that scratched u? That would be very helpful to determine the best course of treatment for you. Don't worry though-you are NO RISK to anyone at this time because you don't have an actual rabies infection. You can't infect someone if you don't have the disease. In your case, you're preventing rabies-which is good ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Hydrophobia (Definition)

Hydrophobia means the fear of water. It is a symptom of rabies that occurs when infected people have trouble swallowing and then ...Read more