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Rabies Incubation Period

The rabies incubation period is two to three years but may vary from 1 week to 1 year, depending on the viral load and location of virus entry. However, it can be between two to eight weeks in some individuals. Also, the period is longer in children. The incubation period can differ from person to person depending on previous exposure to the rabies virus.

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Kindly address my concerns related to rabies anxiety.

Query: Hello doctor,I came here for a second opinion and to get answers to some questions. I spoke to a doctor of general medicine today for my rabies anxiety. The incidents were as follows. Four years ago, a German shepherd of my friend scratched my hand. The dog died one and a half years after he bit me....  Read Full »

Dr. Satpute Ganeshkumar Suresh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Here are your answers: 1. Even if there is no history in your locality, any dog can get infected with rabies. You need to follow the dog who had bitten you for ten days. If it is alive after ten days, then he was not rabid. If you cannot identify that dog or cannot ...  Read Full »

I am afraid of contracting rabies despite getting post-exposure vaccination and the condition of the pup being normal. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, Almost 14-16 days back, Ι was feeding a four to seven months old stray (his owner is actually out of his mind and does not take care of the pup nor its diet, so I consider it a stray) pup, and he innocently actually took both my fingers in his mouth while I was feeding him biscuit. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am here to extend a helping hand to you. Being a microbiology student yourself, you might know things well. The answers to your questions are as follows: 1. Whether I need to change the doctor because of his incorrect dosage schedule and is giving pre-exposure do...  Read Full »

Can cats cause rabies?

Query: Hi doctor, Can rabies transmission occur from cats to humans? If the suspected cat is alive for more than 10 days, is there any chance of infection?  Read Full »

Dr. Janrao Smit Uttam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, rabiescould be transmitted from cats to humans. The maximum incubation period for this infection is 10 days. So, till that the animal should be observed. If you can describe your wound and its depth, the treatment can be decided. I hope this helps. Thank you and take...  Read Full »

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