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Doctor insights on: Virus Causes Rabies

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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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While saliva came out dog barking through air causes rabies virus?

While saliva came out dog barking through air causes rabies virus?

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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Would presence of rabies virus in the cytosol of an axon cause pain?

Would presence of rabies virus in the cytosol of an axon cause pain?

Contributing factor: In later stage rabies, inflammation of affected tissues (such as neurons) could contribute to pain. For a detailed review of the pathogenesis of rabies, see http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2600441/. ...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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How long would rabies virus last in the human skin?

See below: The virus in nonifectious when it dries out & exposed to sunlight. Many types of rabies virus exist (raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, bats) and are associated with a particular animal. Typically, the time from exposure to the virus until clinical sxs appear (aka incubation period) ranges from 1-3 months (sometimes days-years). Once clinical signs of rabies appear, the disease is usually fatal. ...Read more

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How long does it take for rabies virus to show symptoms?

See below: Historically, the incubation period is from 3-7 weeks but it has been reported from 10 days to 7 years. Nevertheless, once the infection sets in, the disease has been almost always fatal. If you suspect it at all, seek immediate medical care! ...Read more

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Can a vaccinated dog for rabies pass on the virus to humans?

Can a vaccinated dog for rabies pass on the virus to humans?

No: A dog vaccinated for rabies is protected from contracting rabies from a rabies infected animal. This protects the vaccinated dog, other animals and the humans around the dog as well. ...Read more

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Can rabies virus survive outside host in soil etc ..., ? If so how long ?

No: rabies virus needs an animal cell in which to live and replicate itself. It's survival outside a living host is short lived ...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