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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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As per schedule received 4th dose of rabies vaccine then after 2 hours later dog bite me again? Restart the schedule and am i safe from rabies virus?

As per schedule received 4th dose of rabies vaccine then after 2 hours later dog bite me again? Restart the schedule and am i safe from rabies virus?

Likely safe: The protective benefit of the rabies vaccine is expected to last for at least 2 years from the time you complete the series. If your exposure is within that time frame you are likely protected. Be aware that there are several other potential germs that can cause an infection from a bite, and close monitoring is advised. ...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!

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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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?

Depends on bite : The average duration of viral incubation (the time until the virus causes symptoms) is 20-90 days. It is usually less than 50 days if the patient is bitten on the head or neck or if there is a large amount of infectious material inoculated from multiple bites or large wounds. The virus will not cause symptoms during incubation. Virus is transferred to brain during incubation. ...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

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Im worried I might have contacted the rabies virus?

Why?: You are best to see a doctor right away. Give a good history and go from there ...Read more

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Does rabies virus live in the atmosphere?

No and yes.: Most cases of human rabies are from animal bites via infected saliva but aerosolization of virus can occur in the laboratory or in bat caves. ...Read more

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How long does it take antibodies to clear the rabies virus from infected cells?

How long does it take antibodies to clear the rabies virus from infected cells?

Unknown: Humans infected with rabies cannot make enough of their own antibodies to clear the infection. If you get an injection of antibodies and a vaccine shortly after being bitten by a rabid animal, that nearly always prevents infection. ...Read more

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Could animal bites need to break the skin in order to transmit the rabies virus?

Could animal bites need to break the skin in order to transmit the rabies virus?

Not necessarily: In fact, an animal bite is not needed to be infected with rabies. A rabies infection could result if the saliva of a rabid animal contacts an open wound or the eye of a person. There have been documented cases of rabies infection without a history of an animal bite. It is presumed that the infection may have occured via the aforementioned ways. ...Read more

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Can rabies virus survive and still be infectious if left on plastics,metals, or water for 7 days?

Can rabies virus survive and still be infectious if left on plastics,metals, or water for 7 days?

No: Rabies can only be transmitted if infectious material ( tears, saliva, neural tissue, cerebrospinal fluid- brain fluid) of a rabid animal contaminates mucous membranes, open wound, bite , scratch of a human. Even blood and feces( stool) of a rabid animal is not considered infectious if a person is exposed to them. (Source : Pediatric Red Book) ...Read more

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Is it possible to get rabies from an animal whose rabies virus is still in its incubation period?

Is it possible to get rabies from an animal whose rabies virus is still in its incubation period?

Likely not: Transmssion of the rabies virus is via virus-containing saliva which does not occur until after infection is established in the brain. Despite this, if a domesticated animal. Is the source of the bite, the animal is quarantined for a week to make sure no symptoms develop. ...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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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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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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Can rabies virus transmit by water while washing saliva from intact skin and water pass through broken skin?

Can rabies virus transmit by water while washing saliva from intact skin and water pass through broken skin?

Theoretically, yes: Theoretically it is possible to transmit the virus in saliva from an intact surface to a non-intact surface. The amount of dilution and size of the area of non-intact skin will determine the probability of transmission, in addition to the further dilution of the viral load following the recognition of contact with non-intact skin.
If in doubt, post-exposure prophylaxis should be considered. ...Read more

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Dog bitten by definate rabies jackal. Can it transfer rabies virus by drinking soapy water (washing my car) 4 days after bitten? My hands in water.

Not likely.: Check with your area health officials but I would doubt the transfer of rabies. This has usually to be through broken skin that occurs when the rabid animal bites you.
Best wishes ...Read more

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Hello, i want to ask if it is enough to clean potentional rabies virus from hand(not from wound) with water or is it neccessary to use desinfection?

Hello, i want to ask if it is enough to clean potentional rabies virus from hand(not from wound) with water or is it neccessary to use desinfection?

Soap/water/disinfect: Water is not enough to kill viruses or bacteria. You need to either use soap and warm water, for at least 20 seconds, or use a disinfectant/hand sanitizer. ...Read more

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Is there a certain medical test that can detect if a person has rabies virus?

Is there a certain medical test that can detect if a person has rabies virus?

Yes but see below:: Several tests are necessary to diagnose rabies before death in humans; no single test is sufficient. Tests are performed on saliva, serum, spinal fluid, and skin biopsies of hair follicles at the nape of the neck. Saliva can be tested by virus isolation or reverse transcription followed by polymerase chain reaction (rt-pcr). Serum and spinal fluid are tested for antibodies to the rabies virus. ...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


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more