Does rabies virus live in the atmosphere?

No and yes. Most cases of human rabies are from animal bites via infected saliva but aerosolization of virus can occur in the laboratory or in bat caves.

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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...

Are there any viruses that are similar to the rabies virus? Answer please!

Really no. Rabies virus is the only virus in its family that can affect humans and the only one that travels up nerves to the brain and causes illness in the way that it does. Like everything in biology, rabies virus is phylogenetically related to other viruses but as a pathogen it's distinctive. Read more...

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...

I'm just wondering, if you become infected with the rabies virus would the cut become infected first?

Not necessarily. However, all bite wounds should be flushed thoroughly and cleansed with soap and water to prevent the virus from entering nerve tissue. Read more...

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...