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My son is taking anti rabies injection and last injection is on 28-3-15. Is there any problem on sending him to an amusement park on 30-3-15?

My son is taking anti rabies injection and last injection is on 28-3-15. Is there any problem on sending him to an amusement park on 30-3-15?

Post exposure: Is this the post exposure vaccine for rabies? If it is the same vaccine used in the US, then it is a killed virus, so he would not be contagious. Common side effects can include pain at injection site, general muscle/joint aches, and rarely fever. If he is feeling well enough, then ok to send him. Consider nsaids to help with mild side effects. ...Read more

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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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8-year old son bitten by gopher. Er did not treat because gophers "very rarely" get rabies. Once symptomatic, death is certain. Vaccinate anyway?

8-year old son bitten by gopher. Er did not treat because gophers "very rarely" get rabies. Once symptomatic, death is certain. Vaccinate anyway?

Rabies vaccination: Consider (1) the history of any cases of rabies from gophers in your locality; it sounds like the er mds are saying it is very rare; and (2) consider the circumstances of the bite. Did the gopher go after your son for no apparent reason, or was your son trying to play with it. If the latter, then this is a "provoked" bite which also carries less risk. If so, I think it safe not to vaccinate. ...Read more

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Hi! My son had his anti rabies booster dose on june 2015. A week after, he was bitten by our vaccinated puppy. Does he needs another series of shots?

Hi! My son had his anti rabies booster dose on june 2015. A week after, he was bitten by our vaccinated puppy. Does he needs another series of shots?

No: Three things. A properly vaccinated dog is not a rabies risk to anyone. A person with a proper primary and booster series for rabies is considered protected from any rabies exposures for two years from the date of the booster. There are other germs that can complicate a bite, so proper wound care and monitoring is important. ...Read more

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My son 2yrs old was scratched by a cat. Our cat doesn't have the vaccine for rabies yet and she tend to lick her paws. Do I need to vaccinate him?

Cat scratch: It is very unlikely to get rabies via a cat scratch, but it is possible. What is much more likely for your child is "cat scratch disease, " which is a bacterial infection. It is a benign condition in most cases, but it sometimes needs to be treated with antibiotics. You should take your child to see his/her pediatrician, and you should also take your cat to the vet. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my 5-yr old son got rabies with cat scratch oh his hand?

Cat scratches: Cat and other animal scratches are capable of transmitting rabies in very rare circumstances. It is wise to observe the animal for 10 days after the scratching or biting incident. Fortunately rabies is quite rare in the US, so it depends on where this occurred and how. Definitely you should talk more with a doctor about this. Luckily with rabies there is time for action - so please see an MD. ...Read more

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Our pedatrician advised against 16-yr old son getting rabies vaccine before going to Africa village trip since he has not been bitten. Do you agree?

Our pedatrician advised against 16-yr old son getting rabies vaccine before going to Africa village trip since he has not been bitten. Do you agree?

Risk of exposure?: Rabies vaccination depends on the risk of rabies in the local animal population as well as the human risk activity. If there is a significant rabies risk in the dog/cat/primate poulation and the child is spending significant time outside or working with animals, I would favor pre-exposure rabies vaccination. ...Read more

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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

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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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How common is rabies?

How common is rabies?

Uncommon: Rabies is quite rare but it also depends on where you are. Not all a animals can transmit the disease. The reason you hear some much about it is that is a fatal disease that can be prevented with proper immunization. ...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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How can people get rabies?

From infected saliva: In the U.S., people can catch rabies from the bites of infected animals. The virus is in the saliva of the rabid animals. In the U.S., the animals that carry rabies are raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats. However, any mammal can become infected and transmit it to other mammals. ...Read more

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Can people die from rabies?

Yes: If neurologic symptoms due to rabies occur in a person who has not been vaccinated - it's usually fatal. ...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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When should I get a rabies shot?

Exposure: If you are bitten by an undocumented animal like a stray dog that cannot be caught and observed, or if there is immediate contact with a wild creature, especially bats, foxes, skunks and raccoons. Other creatures can always carry rabies, but these are the most common. ...Read more

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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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How good is an anti rabies shot?

How good is an anti rabies shot?

Very effective: When given with anti rabies immune globulin, efficacy of Rabies Vaccine is very high. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of rabies?

Many presentations: Rabies can present as a nonspecific viral syndrome- headache, fever, weakness are common early complaints. Lethargy, loss of strength, difficulty swallowing and communicating can also be present. Seizures, respiratoy failure, and death are the typical final stages of this illness. ...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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Could raccoon have given me rabies?

Yes: Raccoon are a common reservoir for rabies, and may not appear ill. If you have had contact with a raccoon, even without a bite, you must discuss with dr. Once symptoms of rabies start, it is too late to get the rabies shots. Don't delay, talk with a qualified dr today! If you have a scratch, bite, wash immediately, then call dr, er, or local public health. ...Read more

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Will I turn violent if I get rabies?

Will I turn violent if I get rabies?

Quite likely: If one gets infected with rabies, he has an incubation period in which he shows no symptoms. When symptoms begin, he will feel some flu-like symptoms. Then comes the bad brain symptoms, with some erratic violent behavior plus foaming at the mouth, and death some days later from paralysis and coma. The flu-like symptoms can last days to a week or so, and the rabid behavior another week or so. ...Read more