Fear Of Rabies

Rabies is a dangerous virus, and it is highly recommended to take the vaccine within 24 hours after being bitten by an infected animal. If an infected animal licks open wounds or mucous membranes like eyes or mouth, it can transmit the virus. Also, if the animal licks its nails and scratches a person, it can spread the virus. A human cannot transmit the virus to another human. It is usually spread from an infected animal to animal either by biting or open wound contact with the saliva.

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Can I get infected with rabies from a dog's saliva on an inanimate object?

Query: Hi doctor, I have read on the internet and learned from some doctors that inanimate objects could not transmit the rabies virus. But can it be transmitted through a dog's saliva when it contacts a human hand (intact skin), then to the mobile phone, and then accidentally comes in contact with my baby...  Read Full »

Dr. Lakshmi Priya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Rabies does not spread through inanimate objects. But it spreads through mucus if the person has touched an object containing mucus with the rabies virus in it. Rabies does not spread from intact skin. Kindly revert for more queries. Tha...  Read Full »

I unknowingly touched a dog's saliva that fell on my leg. Is is possible for me to get infected with rabies?

Query: Hi doctor,A street dog's saliva fell on my leg. I unknowingly touched my leg, and after some time, I washed my hands with normal water. But I did not wash the inner part of my nails.(1) Can rabies virus survive in the inner part of my nail (because inner part of nail may not be open to the air or en...  Read Full »

Dr. Lakshmi Priya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. When you have washed your hands the water would have gone inside the nails also. Rabies virus requires more contact than this. You need not worry if you or your nephew would have got the infection.  Read Full »

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