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Rabies is a viral infection, which spreads to human if an infected animal like a dog bites you. When the virus enters our body, it reaches the brain through the peripheral nervous system, where it causes inflammation of the brain. This inflammation can result in coma and death.

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Will a dog scratch I had ten years ago cause me rabies?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a crazy dog that scratched me 10 years ago. So, I want to know whether that can lead me to rabies because I have never taken any anti-virus booster.  Read Full »

Dr. Lohit Chauhan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 10 years is quite a long time. It is highly unlikely that you can get rabies by an exposure 10 years back. Usually with infection of rabies virus, (through a bite of rabid animal) shows symptoms in 20 to 90 days. The period can be as long as more than a year. But I have n...  Read Full »

I found some stray cats with rabies. I was not bitten or scratched. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor,I found some stray kittens and the veterinarian said that they had rabies. I did not get bitten or scratched and I do not have any open wounds. Should I be worried?Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Ighodalo Nathan

Answer: HI, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The usual mode of transmission of rabies is through the bites of an infected animal or contact with the saliva and nervous system tissue of an infected animal. For rabies to be transmitted, the infected material must breach the body's nat...  Read Full »

Is there any chance of developing side effects after the preexposure rabies vaccine for my 4-year-old son?

Query: Hello doctor, I wish to give preexposure rabies vaccination to my 4-year-old son for his safety. But I came to know from the internet that the fear of anaphylaxis is always present with every vaccine. Till now, he has received all routine vaccines but has never developed any serious side effects, ex...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash Chandra Girdhar Lal Nagar

Answer: Hello, Hello, We welcome you to icliniq family. I appreciate the confidence you place in me for your healthcare consultation. I can understand your concern. The very first question is, why do you want to give the pre-exposure anti-rabies vaccine? Do you have unvaccinated pet animals at home? If so...  Read Full »

Can one get rabies by coming in contact with a food bowl of a street dog?

Query: Hi doctor, Can one get rabies through water, milk, or food bowl of street dogs? My foot hit that bowl, and water from that bowl fell on my foot. I have a minor cut on my little finger. Does that pose a risk of getting infected through that bowl of water? Should I get to be vaccinated ASAP, or should...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and will definitely help you regarding it. As per the CDC (center of disease control and prevention), the most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission ...  Read Full »

List some diseases that can pass from animals to humans.

Query: Hello doctor, What are the diseases that people can get from animals and which diseases can pass from animals to humans? I would like to know a few examples of these types of diseases. How they are transmitted and which animals carry them, etc? Please explain.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The disease or infection that spread from animal to human is called zoonotic disease. Here are a few examples. Rabies: it is a lethal disease if occurred, it spreads mainly from infected rabid dog to human by direct bite. Toxoplasma: the main infected animal is ca...  Read Full »

I ate a fruit contaminated with rat saliva and urine. Will I get rabies?

Query: Hi doctor, Accidentally, I ate pineapple infected with house rat saliva and urine. I suspect it because I saw rat urine and feces near it. Is there any risk for me to get rabies? Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Lohit Chauhan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You do not have a chance to get rabies. Even if the rat is infected, transmission from a non-bite exposure is relatively rare. Some cases have shown rabies being transferred from corneal transplant and liver transplant. Rabies transferred from ingested infected saliva i...  Read Full »

Is there any chance of getting rabies when licked by a street dog?

Query: Hi doctor, A dog licked my leg on the street. I have no wounds on my leg. When I came home, I washed my leg with soap and then I found out that I had a little scratch near my hand nail (I did it when I was doing a manicure). Is there any chance to get rabies in that way?  Read Full »

Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I will recommend you to follow the dog's trails. If it is normal, then there is no problem. If you have any feeling of doubt, then you get a rabies vaccine. Licking an open wound can transmit the virus if the dog has a rabies infection. But, if the dog is good and if you ...  Read Full »

My son abruptly touched the saliva of a rabies dog. What should be done?

Query: Hi doctor, A dog in our neighborhood has rabies. It was moving around on the road and might have dropped saliva on the concrete path. My son abruptly touched the road and then his forehead (unsure whether saliva was there or not). I washed his hand with handwash and water immediately but only wiped ...  Read Full »

Dr. Azeem Iyas Basha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. For many years, I have been treating rabies patients. As in your child's case, rabies in dog saliva may enter through the eyes. The rabies vaccine must be administered to children under three to prevent rabies. Please keep an eye on the do...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to get vaccinated after a dog bite?

Query: Hi doctor, My child has a wound in his inner part of the foot. He is 3.6 years old. He is saying that a puppy bites him and also says injured from stone. We are confused and visited a doctor. He advised us to four doses of injection. Will it cause any side effect when there is no dog bite?  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are in doubt that dog bite has occurred or not, then it is always advisable to give the anti-rabies vaccine. There is no harm in giving an anti-rabies vaccine. You should give anti-rabies vaccine because rabies is a fatal disease once it occurs and there is no tr...  Read Full »

Can rat spread rabies?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25 year old male. I went to a party and slept at an unhygienic place. There were a few rats around and now I am scared if any of them had bitten me. I am worried that I may get rabies. I cannot see any bite marks, though but I cannot shake the feeling off. Should I get rabies vacci...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Regarding your first question, there is no documented case of rabies caused by a rat or mice. So, I will not suggest you take shots and moreover, you are not sure whether you are bitten or not. Regarding your second question the rabies vaccine will be effective even aft...  Read Full »

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