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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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Is rabies transmitted when a rabid dog sneezes or cough near us?

Is rabies transmitted when a rabid dog sneezes or cough near us?

Rabies: The rabies virus is only spread when the saliva of the infected animal comes in contact with the blood stream (generally from a bite). There are generally less than 100 cases of rabies in dogs each year in the us and transmission to humans from dogs in the us is exceedingly rare. Transmission from bats or other wildlife is much more common. ...Read more

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Can rabies from rabid dogs be transmitted to people when rabid dogs cough or sneeze?

Can rabies from rabid dogs be transmitted to people when rabid dogs cough or sneeze?

No.: Rabid dogs don't cough or sneeze - they foam at the mouth, act crazy, and bite people. Rabies is very rare in dogs in this country, now that rabies shots are required by law pretty much everywhere - but if you see a stray dog acting strangely, don't get anywhere near enough to be sneezed on by it - call the cops! ...Read more

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I am from India. A stray dog sneezed 2-3 metres in front of me but wasn't looking directly towards my face. What is the risk of rabies?

I am from India. A stray dog sneezed 2-3 metres in front of me but wasn't looking directly towards my face. What is the risk of rabies?

Zero risk: The virus in the animal's saliva must enter through a bite or cut in your skin. Also your risk of getting rabies would be more likely with multiple bites, or bites to your face or head. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can you get rabies from a child? Human to human transmission? If they sneeze, breathe or cough on someone?

Can you get rabies from a child? Human to human transmission? If they sneeze, breathe or cough on someone?

Unlikely: From the cdc, "bite and non-bite exposures inflicted by infected humans could theoretically transmit rabies, but no such cases have been documented. Casual contact, such as touching a person with rabies or contact with non-infectious fluid or tissue (urine, blood, feces) does not constitute an exposure...". ...Read more

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Is nasal/head congestion common in rabies prodrome? Internet lists many cold/flu-like symptoms in prodrome, but no mention of runny/stuffy nose/sneeze

Is nasal/head congestion common in rabies prodrome? Internet lists many cold/flu-like symptoms in prodrome, but no mention of runny/stuffy nose/sneeze

The prodrome: symptoms are very nonspecific. More importantly, if you were bitten by an animal recently, and you are having symptoms, seek medical attention ASAP. ...Read more

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What to do if I have not sneezed in 8 months?

What to do if I have not sneezed in 8 months?

Enjoy: how you are feeling. Take care. Lack of sneezing is not pathological. ...Read more

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Is rabies communicable?

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

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Can i die i think I have rabies?

Can i die i think I have rabies?

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

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What are the ways to get rabies?

What are the ways to get rabies?

Rabid animals: Normally, you get it from being bitten by an animal with rabies. Spelunkers (people who explore caves) can also get it from inhaling the bat guano (feces) in the cave. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rabies?

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

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I think I have rabies. Will I die?

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

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How are the symptoms of rabies treated?

Rabies: Mayo clinic website treats this topic thoroughly:
http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/rabies/ds00484/dsection=treatments-and-drugs. ...Read more

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How to know if I have contracted rabies?

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

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How to tell if I have contracted rabies?

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

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How high is the risk of rabies in cats?

Good question: The risk is the same as for dogs. Any bite by a cat should be seen by a physician as soon as possible to rule out other illnesses common to cats besides rabies. ...Read more

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What are common signs for rabies in humans?

See below: Rapidly progressive central nervous system manifestations including anxiety, dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing), and seizures. ...Read more

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What should I do if I think I might have rabies?

Need a doctor, shots: A person who thinks he was exposed to rabies should be seen by a doctor within a day or so, in order to get started on rabies vaccinations. Only certain clinics stock the vaccines. A person who has good reason to believe he actually has rabies symptoms should prevent his saliva from contacting others. He should call ahead and go to the emergency room to be hospitalized for diagnostic testing. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about the possibility of rabies?

More info please: There is not enough information in your question. Please talk with your doctor or the health department ASAP if you are concerned about rabies. Do not wait to call; call now.
Rabies can be prevented with shots, but it cannot be treated once symptoms start. ...Read more

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Can rats have rabies?

Can rats have rabies?

Rabid rats?: Small rodents like squirrels, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chipmunks, rats, and mice) and lagomorphs including rabbits and hares are almost never found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to transmit rabies to humans, according to the CDC. This is partly due to the fact that smaller animals attacked by larger rabid predators rarely survive the attack to begin with. ...Read more

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Does bats have rabies?

Some do: Bats have the potential to become infected with and transmit Rabies. In the US we find the Mexican free tailed bat a common reservoir of the virus. Whether or not the bat species in your local are similarly infected can be answered by your local health authority. ...Read more

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Why I am sneezing a lot?

Why I am sneezing a lot?

Allergies?: Honestly, get out the textbook and start looking at the hundreds of causes of sneezing. You aren't going to get an accurate answer to that question here without providing some more details like for how long, what makes it better? Or worse? Any associated symotoms, what remedies have you tried, has this ever happened before. How many cats do you own, where do you live, what is your job, meds, etc. ...Read more

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Why am i sneezing a lot?

Many possibilities: Sneezing is the nasal response to an irritation (smoke, perfume, chemicals) or allergen in the nose (dust, pollen, animal dander, mold). It can also occur with infections such as the common cold. An allergist can assist in identifying the cause of sneezing and find an appropriate treatment. ...Read more