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What should I do if I think I might have rabies?

What should I do if I think I might have rabies?

Need a doctor, shots: A person who thinks he was exposed to rabies should be seen by a doctor within a day or so, in order to get started on rabies vaccinations. Only certain clinics stock the vaccines. A person who has good reason to believe he actually has rabies symptoms should prevent his saliva from contacting others. He should call ahead and go to the emergency room to be hospitalized for diagnostic testing. ...Read more

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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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What do you recommend I do if i think my cat has rabies?

Have your cat: Checked asap by vet - but only handle cat if you can do so safely. If cat is overly aggressive and can not be handled - please call animal control. Your safety is high priority. ...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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Can i get rabies from clealing a bowl a stary cat salvated in . I feed this stray cat every day and it started hissing at me , it might have rabies . ?

Can i get rabies from clealing a bowl a stary cat salvated in . I feed this stray cat every day and it started hissing at me , it might have rabies . ?

See below: The virus transmission is mainly through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal and organ transplantation with saliva of infected animal ...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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