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Laptops in the dark and miscalculating bats: how dangerous is that for rabies?

This event occurred in the US. In the US, enzootic (dog-to-dog) canine rabies virus has been virtually eliminated through vaccination and stray control programs, making wild animals the primary ...
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After a dog bite, why are vaccines given in multiple injections rather than a single injection containing multiple vaccines?

Brief background There are 2 major types of vaccines, passive and active vaccines. Passive vaccines are simply "antibodies" to fight off disease and active vaccines are "dead/weakened/...
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First aid for a rabies dog bite

Wound cleansing is especially important when bitten, as it has been shown to remarlably reduce the risk of infections from animal bites in general, and in some animal studies, the likelihood of rabies ...
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Laptops in the dark and miscalculating bats: how dangerous is that for rabies?

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Rabies is transmitted via saliva of infected mammals, bats in your case. You state that you were not bitten, and did not feel any type of liquid on ...
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Is rabies contagious?

Yes, rabies is most definitely contagious. The most common route of infection is from the bite of an infected animal, which introduces virus-laden saliva to the victim. It's also possible, though ...
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What are the symptoms of rabies?

As with many viral diseases, the symptoms begin very similar to those for influenza, including weakness and discomfort, general malaise, fever and headache. The acute period for rabies generally ...
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Minor feral cat scratch that bled 6 days ago. Rabies possibility?

This cat may be harboring rabies that will be discovered up to 11 months from now, in one rare case 6 years. The typical incubation period for rabies runs 21 to 240 days. Hence, the usual legal 6-...
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Minor feral cat scratch that bled 6 days ago. Rabies possibility?

Follow your doctor's advice and complete the post-exposure prophylaxis. Yes, the risk of rabies is low. But the reason that it is treated so seriously is that if you contract rabies it will ...
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Why do people infected with rabies have a fear of water?

When the rabies virus is spread to a new host, it first attacks muscle cells, which prevents the host's immune system from recognizing the invasion. Next, it binds to neurons at neuromuscular junction....
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Can a cat that survived 10 day quarantine have infected person with rabies

When a cat (or any other mammal) displays the symptoms of rabies (and biting with no reason is one of the symptoms), it dies within 10 days. No exception. If the cat is infected, but does not display ...
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If a rabid wolf bites your head and you have recently been vaccinated against rabies, will you still develop the disease?

It is thought you need to have completed the series of rabies vaccination for at least 7 days to be protected. If that is not the case, then you'll need rabies immunoglobulin as well. Pre-exposure ...
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If a rabid wolf bites your head and you have recently been vaccinated against rabies, will you still develop the disease?

The CDC points out that: From numerous studies conducted on rabid dogs, cats, and ferrets, we know that when the rabies virus is introduced into a muscle through a bite from another animal, it ...
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Why do we need a rabies vaccine after exposure?

It is because rabies take time to kill you and vaccine that you are given is 'dead' virus so it makes it easy to develop antibodies against and when you have antibodies you can fight actual virus
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