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How fast does it take the rabies virus to go from the bite wound to the brain?

How fast does it take the rabies virus to go from the bite wound to  the brain?

I-3 months: Rabies incubates in the body of the victim, and even an animal who has been infected, may not have it in saliva for quite some time. Once it is active in a victim, the virus multiplies, and migrates up nerve fibres into the brain. The typical period is about one to three months, giving time to use vaccines to save a life. ...Read more

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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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Do the rabies virus passes the blood-brain barrier?

Do the rabies virus passes the blood-brain barrier?

Rabies: The rabies virus enters the brain by entering peripheral nerves and spreading thruough the nerves to the brain. ...Read more

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Before the rabies virus passes the blood-brain barrier, how come the body does not destroy it?

Before the rabies virus passes the blood-brain barrier, how come the body does not destroy it?

Only if immune: This will only happen if you have previously been immunized and have antibodies to the virus. ...Read more

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At what point during the rabies virus transit from the site of inoculation to the brain is it vulnerable to immune intervention?

At what point during the rabies virus transit from the site of inoculation to the brain is it vulnerable to immune intervention?

Before reaching: Rabies moves along nerves from the inoculation site back to the brain. The bottom line is that if you have been exposed, you take the immunizations, hopefully at once, if this is a homework question, it's a poor one as no one is absolutely certain. If you have been exposed but delayed reporting, don't give up; post-exposure immunization is a basic human right. ...Read more

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Rabies virus is spread by air?

Rabies virus is spread by air?

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

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Are there any viruses that are similar to the rabies virus? Answer please!

Really no: Rabies virus is the only virus in its family that can affect humans and the only one that travels up nerves to the brain and causes illness in the way that it does. Like everything in biology, rabies virus is phylogenetically related to other viruses but as a pathogen it's distinctive. ...Read more

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Can drinking water kill rabies virus?

Can drinking water kill rabies virus?

Rabies virus: No it cannot be killed by drinking water. If there is any animal bite and risk of rabies, you need to go right away to the emergency room to receive a series of vaccination and wound care. ...Read more

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Can the rabies virus survive in human stomach acid?

Can the rabies virus survive in human stomach acid?

Likely not: The acid in the stomach kills most things- and in this case destroys most viruses. If you are on a medicine that decreases stomach acid then some thing may not be killed- swallowing rabies virus is not very likely however..... ...Read more

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Could rabies virus be transmitted by this way? am i in danger? Please pay attention to my story.2 days ago i made a little scratch to my hand with my

Rabies risks: Unfortunately, I cannot see your whole question. Rabies is transmitted primarily by bites from dogs or other animals that have the disease. A scratch from an animal is also a theoretical risk, but in my clinical experience only accounted for 0.1% of all human cases. Washing out the area after the animal injury is important. Definitely see a doctor or ask further questions here to get information. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more