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Rabies Non Bite Exposure
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. Though 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
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
Bitten by a bat, washed wound but not immediately. I got all the post-exposure shots, but can I still get rabies bc I didn't wash it right away?
Glad you're immune: Even the anti-immunization people get immunized when they're bitten by bats. These bites are extremely dangerous and washing them won't protected you even if you do it immediately. The post-exposure shots are very effective and you should be fine. I went through the series a few years ago myself. You made the right choice. ...Read more
Finished post exposure rabies shots series yesterday for bite. Just had an encounter with a bat. Potential bite. Do I need to start series again?
Just completed post exposure rabies rabies vaccines. How do I know that they are effective? Concerned over second bite.
Is it necessary to take 4th and 5th dose of anti rabies post exposure vaccine when the dog is healthy after 10 days of bite?
Why not?: If you have already received three of the five rabies vaccines and rabies immune globulin, why not finish the series? Then you will have long term significant protection--never having to worry about rabies again, except for an occasional rabies booster vaccine if your protective titer drops after two years! ...Read more
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
Is there any benefit to having the pre-exposure rabies series for a possible bat bite 2.5 months ago? ER won't treat me because of how long it's been.
Unlikley: I think you mean post exposure. The current CDC guidelines do not recommend immunoglobulin after 7 days but the vaccine could be given however 2.5 months it is very unlikely that you have the disease without symptoms. I would contact your local public health department for local policies as there are VERY RARE cases of prolonged incubation out to 2 years in humans. ...Read more
If someone kissed someone with possible exposure to rabies (rat bite) before the full course of the PEP was finished (4 out 5 shots completed) could they contract rabies?
No: Once you complete a primary anti-rabies series you have ongoing protection for approximately 2 years. People working in high risk situations are encouraged to get boosters after 2 years to maintain that protection. ...Read more
Is it safe to let someone who just finished post exposure vaccines to rabies after being bitten by a bat hold your baby?
Rabies vaccine: Contact who gave you your shots or your local health department and ask. ...Read more
I was bitten by a dog and a cat and began taking abhayrab post-exposure rabies vaccinations. Both are fine after ten days. Can I stop treatment?
I had a POSSIBLE rabies exposure about 5-7 months ago. A bat flew in my face. I don't believe I was bitten. Should I get a vaccine now? Is there risk
It is possible you: Are thinking of rabies IMMUNE GLOBULIN which, when started soon after a bite, reduces chance of infection. So you wouldn't consider this now. BUT if you do have the chance of regular exposure to bats or other rabies carrying animals, consider the rabies VACCINE now for prevention in case of future bites/exposures. Stay well:) ...Read more
About 20 years ago I was bitten by a dog and received the full post exposure rabies vaccine. 1 year and 11 months ago I had contact with a bat and received the two dose post exposure rabies vaccine. Well, I recently may have had contact with a bat again
Contact local agents: The rabies series is usually considered protective for 2 years from the primary or boosted series. Those working in high risk areas are encouraged to test after 2 yrs to see if their protection is waining. Your data suggests you may be protected, but your local authorities can review the issue and decide if your exposure was worrisome enough to treat. ...Read more
I got bitten by a cat after 2 month of 3 pre-exposure rabies vaccine taken, I then proceeds to take 1 booster dose after that day, am I covered?
Yes, very much so: After you complete the primary series of shots you are actively protected for any exposure that occurs within the next 2 years. ...Read more
My dad received post exposure-rabies vaccine after he was bitten by our dog last dec2014, now he was bitten again yesterday, should he get vaccinated again even my dog had vaccines last jan 2014?
Probably not: A dog that lives with a family, well cared for and vaccinated, and in good health, is very unlikely to have rabies. However a dog that repeatedly bites people, especially those who aren't strangers, is still dangerous and may cause significant bodily injury and significant legal consequences. ...Read more
I'm between 4th and 5th rabies vaccination in shot series. Given HRIG 22 days ago for PEP for potential bat bite. I was walking few nights ago and bat flew into my head. Am I protected from this 2nd exposure or do I need to start vaccination over?
You are protected: And do not need to start over. Many factors support this: 1) the CDC website says you only need 4 doses of vaccine after exposure, the first being given the same time as the rabies immune globulin. 2) you recently had HRIG. 3) you don't even know if the bat who "flew into my head" bit you. No worries. .. you are protected. Stay well:) ...Read more
Rare: According to the CDC: "The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal and organ transplantations." ...Read more
Rabies prophylaxis: On average, infected humans begin to develop symptoms 30-50 days after exposure. The rabies vaccine is not very effective once symptoms have already started. Ideally, one can find out the status of the animal in question in order to make the determination of the vaccine is worth the expense and risk. ...Read more
If I get the rabies shot will it protect against a previous exposure to it or will I have to get the series of shots?
If you don't get post exposure pep for rabies untill 12 days after the possible exposure what are the chances of it working?
2 yrs: In general, completion of the anti-rabies series will protect for exposures during the 2 years following completion of the series. Those in high risk professions are advised to get boosters or have an antibody titer checked to see if a booster is needed for protection to remain high. ...Read more
It's possible but: ...not necessarily effective. Post-exposure immunization should start within 10 days of exposure. It works only b/c rabies has a long incubation period, usually 1-3 months. Altho there have been reports of rabies developing up to 1 year after exposure, I suspect the exposure wasn't correctly id'd. If you're alive and well at the time of this writing, you were NOT infected. ...Read more
No: If you have made it through 17-18 years, you were either not exposed at all, or you are a world famous medical miracle. Rabies kills you within weeks if true exposure and left untreated. I know of medical literature of only 2 cases who have ever survived. The first was just a few years ago with a girl in wisconsin who was put in a coma to try and save her and she survived. One other since. ...Read more
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