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Example of non bite exposure to rabies?

Example of non bite exposure to 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. 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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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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?

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

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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?

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?

Rabies: Keep bat for rabies testing. Contact your local health department. You are probably covered with your recent vaccine but don’t assume until discussion with appropriate people at your health department ...Read more

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Just completed post exposure rabies rabies vaccines. How do I know that they are effective? Concerned over second bite.

Just completed post exposure rabies rabies vaccines. How do I know that they are effective? Concerned over second bite.

Check it: You can have antibody titers checked if you need them for confirmation. Completing the primary series is considered adequate to give protective levels for 2 years after the series is completed. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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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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

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I have had my three pre exposure jabs for rabies and got my two booster jabs in India seven months ago as I was bitten by a dog, I was bit and scratch?

Your question???: You did not submit a clear question. If you are worried about rabies, the shots you got protect you from any exposure for 2 yrs from the date of the last booster. ...Read more

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Finished post exposure rabies vaccines ten days ago. Just got bit by a bat. Do I need a booster?

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

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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 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?

...: For people who have never been vaccinated against rabies, post-exposure vaccination should always include administration of both passive antibody and vaccine. Post-exposure vaccination should be given on days 0, 3, 7 and 14 with close follow-up with the doctor. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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How common is rabies with indirect exposure?

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

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Is getting a rabies shot a month after exposure (before showing symptomps) too late for it?

Is getting a rabies shot a month after exposure (before showing symptomps) too late for it?

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

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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?

Get the series: The Rabies Vaccine can be given in anticipation of spending time in an area which is high-risk for exposure, such as living abroad. However, if you are exposed to rabies you must get the full series of vaccines regardless of prior vaccine status. ...Read more

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If you don't get post exposure pep for rabies untill 12 days after the possible exposure what are the chances of it working?

Still can.: Obviously, the sooner the better but since, although rare, the incubation period can be quite long, pep should still be given for the appropriate exposure. ...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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How long does post exposure rabies treatment provide immunity?

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

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Is rabies post exposure treatment still possible after 8 months?

Is rabies post exposure treatment still possible after 8 months?

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

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Is rabies post exposure treatment still possible after 17 to 18 years?

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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Rabies post exposure treatment is possible after 17 to 18 years or not?

Rabies post exposure treatment is possible after 17 to 18 years or not?

Is it necessary?: The incubation period in human averages 4 to 6 weeks. Long incubation periods up to 6 years has been confirmed. ...Read more

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Received rabies pep three months ago. Possible exposure to a mouse. Do I need a booster? Thanks.

No: Protection from the primary series of rabies injections will be protective for at least 2 years. Those who work in at risk occupations are usually tested for antibodies at that point and given boosters when needed. ...Read more