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Doctor insights on: Uninfected Rabies

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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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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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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

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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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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