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Is there any cases of rabies in the u.S?

Is there any cases of rabies in the u.S?

Rabies in wildlife: Yes- rabies is found all over the U.S. in wildlife (except the state of Hawaii). Fortunately human rabies is extremely rare- but the possibility exists for transmission to humans if we are not careful. Keeping pets vaccinated and Respecting wild life is important (Note mammals are the reservoirs for the virus- esp bats and wild carnivores like coyotes). Education is key. ...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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How could someone have contracted rabies in the u.S.?

Mostly via bat bite: Rabies virus is present in the saliva of rabid animals (bat, raccoon, skunk, fox, and coyote) and is transmitted by bites. ...Read more

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What causes rabies?

What causes rabies?

The rabies virus: Which is usually spread from the bite of an infected animal, such as a dog, cat, skunk, fox or bat. ...Read more

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Is rabies lethal or nonlethal?

ALWAYS LETHAL: After the acute phase, death is inevitable. ...Read more

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What happens if you have rabies?

What happens if you have rabies?

Many things: Incubation time is from 3-7 weeks (historically) but can occur as early as 10 days after exposure. Symptoms may include: anxiety, tension, drooling, convulsions, exaggerated sensation or pain at bite site, excitability, loss of sensation and muscle function, fevers to 102, muscle spasms, swallowing problems, numbness and tingling. Rarely do people with the disease survive, even if treated. ...Read more

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Does rabies kill you?

Almost certainly so: Rabies, once symptoms present is (with one documented exception) 100% fatal. Fortunately is is very rare in humans in the United States.

If you have reason to believe you have been exposed to rabies virus through a bite from, or contact with, a diseased animal it is imperative that you seek immediate medical care.
Of course, prompt vacinnation prevents this fatal outcome. ...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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Do fleas carry rabies?

Do fleas carry rabies?

Not Rabies: Fleas can carry tapeworms ; murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague. ...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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How can we prevent rabies?

How can we prevent rabies?

Vacc. & dog catchers: Vaccines are the best way to prevent rabies in the U.S. Dogs, cats, and other pet mammals should all be vaccinated. Animal control is important. There should be no dogs on the loose anywhere in the U.S. Worldwide, about 55, 000 die of rabies each year, with almost all of them due to dog bites. Rabies is preventable if an exposed person properly gets his wound washed and gets his shots in time. ...Read more

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Can I get rabies from my dog?

Can I get rabies from my dog?

RABIES: Less than 1% of cases come from domesticated animals. Have your dog vaccinated. ...Read more

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Can rabies spread through sheep?

Can rabies spread through sheep?

Yes: Rabies can occur in any mammal. While not common in sheep, they can get it and thus transmit it to you if bitten or scratched by their saliva or blood. ...Read more

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What is risk of rabies in india?

What is risk of rabies in india?

High!: Roughly 36% of the world’s rabies deaths occur in india each year, most of those when children come into contact with infected dogs.Rabies is caused by a virus that is transmitted to humans through the infected saliva of a range of animals. But most human deaths follow a bite by, or exposure to, an infected dog. ...Read more

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Why rabies is called hydrophobia?

Agitation ; Fear..: Created by attempting to drink, "so called hydrophobia, " result in chocking and aspiration through spasms of larynx, neck, and chest wall.
Hydrophobia is a cardinal sign of rabies. ...Read more

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Do I need rabies vacine for china?

Check CDC website.: Check the cdc website at: http://wwwnc. Cdc. Gov/travel/
this is the best singlesource information site for the latest vaccine requirements and health recommendations for world wide travellers. Be forewarned if rabies vaccines are required then it will be a series of 4 or 5 shots before you go, given in a strict timed sequence over several weeks. Sounds like you are planning ahead already though. ...Read more

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How can rabies kill a human being?

Rabies: The virus travels to the brain, causing paralysis, leading to respiratory shutdown & death. ...Read more

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When should someone get rabies pep?

Bite exposure: One receives rabies prophylaxis after a bat exposure in your home or dog bite with unknown rabies vaccination history. Also wild animal bites if present. 4 vaccinations are needed on set days after exposure. ...Read more

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Tiny cat scratch, can I have rabies?

Tiny cat scratch, can I have rabies?

Probably not...: While rabies is certainly transmissible from cats to humans, it generally requires an ill cat bite not scratch. The infected saliva of an infected animal transmits the rabies virus through injured skin, thereby inoculatin the victim. Incubation of rabies in a human after exposure is 1-3 months typically. I would be much more concerned about the possibility of cat scratch disease. ...Read more

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Can an uninfected dog pass on rabies?

Can an uninfected dog pass on rabies?

Extremely unlikely: An uninfected dog would not pass rabies to another animal or person. A hypothetical situation in which an uninfected dog could transmit rabies is if the dog got a big smear of infected animal saliva onto his dog fur, and then the dog's master hugged and petted his dog, and somehow managed to transfer the infected saliva from the dog fur into his (the master's) own eyes, nose, mouth, or skin wound. ...Read more

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Can you get rabies from a cat scratch?

No: Even if the cat has rabies, and I have not heard of that as a source in the usa, the claws would not be infected and while other conditions like 'cat scratch fever' can arise from a scratch, rabies is not on the table. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be born with rabies?

No: Rabies is a preventable infectious disease caused by the bite of a animal that is infected eg a dog or bat. Its common in tropical countries and can be prevented by being vaccinated against it.
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Could rabies transmitted by water blow?

Could rabies transmitted by water blow?

Rabies: Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

http://www. Cdc. Gov/rabies/index. Html ...Read more

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Could rabies transmitted by water bowl?

Could rabies transmitted by water bowl?

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. Transmission through contaminated water would be unlikely. ...Read more

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What microbe causes hydrophobia (rabies)?

Lyssavirus: Rabies viruses are in the genus of Lyssavirus ...Read more

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Rabies injection needed after a cat bite?

Depends on situation: In the us, domesticated animals are considered low risk for transmitting rabies & owners vaccinate their pets to avoid the disease. Wild cats with outside exposure might pose a risk. Local health authorities keep track of rabies activity within the region & the animals involved. I suggest you contact your local health authority for guidance in this matter. ...Read more

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Can u get rabies from a slight cat scratch?

No: Rabies in america is mostly from wild animals like the bat, raccoon, fox etc. And some domestic dogs that are not vaccinated. I am not aware of rabies from cat scratch. However, if you are scratched by a kitty, beware of cat scratch disease then. Hope that you are healthy. ...Read more

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In humans why is rabies called hydrophobia?

Pharyngeal spasm: Drinking fluids can cause intense spasm in the throat so rabid patients tend to avoid drinking. ...Read more

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Can raccoons in Canada, Ontario have rabies?

Rabies in Canada: Although rabies can be found in bats and other mammals in Canada, it is not a major risk. CDC recommends rabies vaccine for only these groups:Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for bat bites or other animal bites (such as adventure travel and caving).People who will be working with or around animals (wildlife professionals and researchers). ...Read more

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Can you get rabies through a cat graze (uk)?

Can you get rabies through a cat graze (uk)?

See cdc. Com: Theoretically possible, but it has never been documented. Usually transmitted through the bite and saliva of an infected host. Read the cdc. Com site on rabies for more information. I have more concerns about cat-scratch fever. (read about online or seek physician appointment in the next few days). ...Read more

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Pathogenesis effect of hydrophobia on rabies?

Here's why: Animals with rabies cannot swallow their saliva and this make them more likely to transmit the infectious agent via a bite. The disease also makes them want to bite others by damaging the brain. So the different aspects of the infection work together to transmit it. ...Read more

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How rare is it to get rabies from a chipmunk?

Essentially zero: For the poor little chipmunk to get rabies, he or she would need to be bitten by a rabid animal like a raccoon or dog. This alone would likely kill the little guy. ...Read more

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Is it bad to smoke with the anti rabies shots?

Is it bad to smoke with the anti rabies shots?

Yes: The "badness" of smoking remains the same, with or without rabies shots, so one should not smoke. However, if a person was out in the wild when bit by a rabid animal, and did not get the rabies shots started until it was too late, he will likely die of rabies. In that case, having a smoke before rabies symptoms start, should not cause any additional harm. ...Read more

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How many africans that are affected by rabies?

IT DEPENDS......: It would seem to depend upon where a person lives-urban v. rural. Wild animals account for the vast majority of rabies cases, mostly like skunks or bats. ...Read more

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How long am I contagious, if I contract rabies?

Rabies: Rabies is a lethal viral illness. The incubation from wild animal bite to symptoms is a few days to a week, but these may initially be nonspecific. There is no proven treatment once you actually have the illness, but there are experimental protocols used in hospitals. Human to human transmission by biting or kissing is conceivably possible, but no health worker has gotten rabies from a patient. ...Read more

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Can rabies be transmitted from a small cat bite?

Perhaps: Of all animals, rabid cats are probably the most aggressive so they are not likely to just bite you, but maul you. Rabies can be transmit from expose to a rabid cat. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to prevent rabies?

Preventing rabies: The best way is to avoid being bitten by any wild animals, especially bats. Rarely, domestic dogs and cats can become rabid if bitten by wild animals, and transmit to humans. Racoons and rodents can be infested. Post-exposure prophylaxis can be provided to people who are bitten. About 50, 000 people die worldwide with rabies each year, but only ~2 cases diagnosed in the us/year from 1980-2010. ...Read more