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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
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
Would receiving a 2 dose booster series 4 1/2 months following a 4 dose rabies pep series cause an anamnestic response? Or cause the IG levels to drop
Full rabies PEP (w/immune glob) Fall '08. 2 booster doses Nov '14. What are the odds I would NOT have protective levels of antibodies now, 7 mo later?
MINIMAL: The primary series is considered protective for at least 2 years. Those in trades with regular exposure are advised to check titers or get a booster after two years. If you received a booster 11/14 you should be protected for 2 years from that point. ...Read more
I have taken complete 4 doses of anti rabies vaccines (pep) in Nov, 2015, a stray dog scratched me again in march, 2016. do I need vaccines again? : (
No: You should have adequate immunity from the previous series ...Read more
How doctors explain the long incubation period (>1 year) of rabies, can pep vaccination still be effective after 9 months of possible exposure?
Rabies is tricky: Rabies is known for a wide variation in the incubation period. The average is 3 weeks to 3 months for infection to take hold. About 5% of cases occur 1 year after exposure. The longest case on record is 19 years. Experts don't know exactly why this is-but it probably has to do with the virus strain, other viral properties, the patient (how strong their immune system is) etc. YES-I agree with PEP! ...Read more
My daughter completed her pep rabies vaccine less than 3 months ago. 2 days ago she pet a stray cat. No lick, bite or scratch. Is a booster needed?
No she's fine: First of all, she completed the vaccine series, so her immunity is as strong now as it ever will be. Secondly, this was not a 'true' rabies exposure, even if the animal DID have rabies. There would have to be a lick to the face (mucous membranes) or at least a scratch for me to become concerned. Hopefully your daughter is fully aware of all the rabies risks and will take the necessary precautions. ...Read more
If you don't get post exposure pep for rabies untill 12 days after the possible exposure what are the chances of it working?
A small cat bit me 8 months ago for which I took pep vaccinations just now, can they still be effective? I am worried about rabies too much, plz help
Which vaccines?: I am not sure what you mean by pep vaccines? I think you mean "pet vaccines" Which ones were included? If you recently received rabies vaccination, your risk of rabies is greatly reduced. If the cat bite was 8 months ago, it is highly unlikely you will contract rabies from that bite now! ...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
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?
Subsequent to a rabid dog bite my 8 yr old son, on the same day he had taken pep. Is it 100% effective against rabies?
Great but...: In my experience, nothing is 100% guaranteed. All the best. ...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
Kotor, Montenegro (WHO chart:CANINE rabies-free).Stray dog stepped on my shoe Thurs eve.20min later I touched shoe (SEEMED dry), then scratched nervously OTHER foot, so Fri abrasion was visible. Sat local doc dismissed indirect exposure. Is PEP advisable?
No: Local doctor is right,Get a more detailed answer ›
My puppy (not old enough for rabies vaccine) scratched me in the neck while we were playing. No blood it just burns. Do I need PEP or quarantine?
Puppy rabies?: Discuss with your Dr. Now.Get a more detailed answer ›
I took pep BUT after 9 months of a cat bite, I am worried of rabies too much. I hv no fever/cold just mild sore throat. Can vaccine protect me still?
OK: If you were bit 9 months ago, you will be ok. ...Read more
Organ donation: We have just learned of the second us case of a deceased organ donor transmitting (unintentionally!) rabies to the transplant recipients with the organs. In 2004, 3 recipients all died. In this new case, 1 kidney recipient has died and the other 3 recipients are ok so far - now receiving treatment. Families + healthcare workers will also receive treatment. Very dangerous disease if untreated. ...Read more
See a doctor: Why do you think you have rabies? Have you been bitten by a dog or in close contact with another animal that carries rabies (such as bats, raccoons, skunks, opossums)? If so, don't waste any time. Go see a doctor immediately. Time is important. Untreated rabies is almost universally fatal! ...Read more
Rabies: Hello rabies symptoms may initially express with malaise, headache, fever & weakness. If a person has been bitten, the site may be itching or have a prickly sensation. As the disease progresses the person may feel anxious and have difficulty sleeping. They may behave unusually, experience hallucinations and develop delirium. If not treated early, rabies is usually fatal. ...Read more
Have you been: Involved in a high risk situation with bat, skunk, opossum, fox, raccoon or aggressive cat or dog? More rarely with wolves or ground hogs. Rabies is usually fatal after neruologic sxs develop in people who have not been vaccinated. So - if you are at risk for rabies - seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more
It's not subtle: The only question worth asking is whether you have been exposed. If you have any reason to think you have been bitten by a rabid animal, and this includes finding a dead bat in your bedroom, you need to undergo the immunization. Rabies infecction itself becomes clinically obvious in a few days from onset of symptoms. ...Read more
See doctor ASAP: If you think you've been exposed to rabies it is imperative that you see dr. Immediately. Rabies must be prevented with rabies shots after possible exposure, once the disease starts to develop it progresses to death. (only 2 cases have ever survived). Call a doctor now, tell them how you may have been exposed and start treatment if doctor agrees you are at risk. ...Read more