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How could someone have contracted rabies in the u.S.?

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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jay Park
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
If a person has no idea how they contracted rabies, they were probably bitten by a bat during sleep. If you find a bat in your house in the morning, dead or alive, let your physician know -- you may be bitten and feel nothing.
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Internal Medicine

In brief: Rabies in the U.S.A.

Rabies is extremely rare in the United States -- that's because in the 1940s we realized we needed to vaccinate all our dogs.
Cases dropped from around 100 a year to 2 or 3. Usually these cases are from bat/wildlife exposures, or are 'imported' cases - where people are bitten by a rabid animal in another country, then come to the U.S. Rabies can 'hide' for months or even years in some cases.

In brief: Rabies in the U.S.A.

Rabies is extremely rare in the United States -- that's because in the 1940s we realized we needed to vaccinate all our dogs.
Cases dropped from around 100 a year to 2 or 3. Usually these cases are from bat/wildlife exposures, or are 'imported' cases - where people are bitten by a rabid animal in another country, then come to the U.S. Rabies can 'hide' for months or even years in some cases.
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Dr. Stephen Scholand
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