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Is it possible to get rabies from a duck?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bradley Peckler
Emergency Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Rabies transmission
Birds do not transmit rabies.

In brief: Rabies transmission
Birds do not transmit rabies.
Dr. Bradley Peckler
Dr. Bradley Peckler
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Extremely unlikely
Rabies here is carried by raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats, which all can transmit rabies to cats, dogs, and livestock.
A mammal can become infected with rabies. The virus is in saliva. In order to get rabies from a duck, the duck would have to be bitten by a rabid mammal. Then, the human would have to touch the wound and transfer some residual saliva into his own eyes, nose, or mouth.

In brief: Extremely unlikely
Rabies here is carried by raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats, which all can transmit rabies to cats, dogs, and livestock.
A mammal can become infected with rabies. The virus is in saliva. In order to get rabies from a duck, the duck would have to be bitten by a rabid mammal. Then, the human would have to touch the wound and transfer some residual saliva into his own eyes, nose, or mouth.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Stephen Pool
Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Only mammals can be infected with rabies and potentially transmit the disease.
Species that pose no risk of a rabies direct transmission include avians ( e.g., chickens, ducks, geese, hawks, eagles, owls, and even vultures), reptiles (lizards, turtles, etc.), and amphibians (e.g., frogs). http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/lhds/manuals/rabies/docs/other_animals.pdf

In brief: No
Only mammals can be infected with rabies and potentially transmit the disease.
Species that pose no risk of a rabies direct transmission include avians ( e.g., chickens, ducks, geese, hawks, eagles, owls, and even vultures), reptiles (lizards, turtles, etc.), and amphibians (e.g., frogs). http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/lhds/manuals/rabies/docs/other_animals.pdf
Dr. Stephen Pool
Dr. Stephen Pool
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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Rabies in mammals
Rabies is not found in birds.
The disease only occurs in mammals. Therefore, one can only get rabies from the bite (or scratch) of a mammal. About 1 in 1000 human rabies cases is from an animal scratch. If concerned about a real 'rabies exposure', wash out the wound thoroughly and see a doctor.

In brief: Rabies in mammals
Rabies is not found in birds.
The disease only occurs in mammals. Therefore, one can only get rabies from the bite (or scratch) of a mammal. About 1 in 1000 human rabies cases is from an animal scratch. If concerned about a real 'rabies exposure', wash out the wound thoroughly and see a doctor.
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: NO
Raies is a disease of mammals. Ducks are birds.

In brief: NO
Raies is a disease of mammals. Ducks are birds.
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Dr. Craig MacArthur
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