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Can rabies be caught from touching an animal that has rabies?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes, sometimes

Touching a rabid animal doesn't always transmit rabies.
However, rabies is fatal, so anyone who touches a known rabid animal should talk with a doctor. If a person touches a rabid animal's saliva, either directly or by touching a part of the animal that the animal was licking, then he has virus on his hands. The virus can then enter his body through the eyes, nose, mouth, or wounds in the skin.

In brief: Yes, sometimes

Touching a rabid animal doesn't always transmit rabies.
However, rabies is fatal, so anyone who touches a known rabid animal should talk with a doctor. If a person touches a rabid animal's saliva, either directly or by touching a part of the animal that the animal was licking, then he has virus on his hands. The virus can then enter his body through the eyes, nose, mouth, or wounds in the skin.
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Dr. Stephen Pool
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Rabies

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal.
The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html

In brief: Rabies

Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal.
The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html
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Dr. Hasan Noubani
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: NO

Rabies is mostly transmitted via saliva of the infected animal

In brief: NO

Rabies is mostly transmitted via saliva of the infected animal
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