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How long am I contagious, if I contract rabies?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: About 2-3 weeks

If a person gets infected with rabies virus, 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 a few days later from paralysis and coma. He is contagious during the approximately 2-3 weeks of symptoms, until after death.

In brief: About 2-3 weeks

If a person gets infected with rabies virus, 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 a few days later from paralysis and coma. He is contagious during the approximately 2-3 weeks of symptoms, until after death.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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