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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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Will antirabies injection work seven months after exposure?

Query: Hello doctor,Under the influence of alcohol, I committed a blunder by making intimacy with my own pet dog last year. From that day onwards, I started to develop health problems such as weakness, mild fever, headache, tingling, unexplainable inflammation and burning sensation of the genitals area. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. K. V. Anand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You underwent many tests and all of them were normal except for some infection and for that, you are having antibiotic. You can talk to your nearby doctor regarding rabies and can take anti-rabies course of injections to prevent rabies. Otherwise, you are doing fine. R...  Read Full »

I had a dog bite three days back but did not take an injection immediately. Will it be effective if I take the vaccine now?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a dog bite three days ago. Can I take the rabies vaccine now? I did not take the injection immediately as I was afraid of the injections. Will it be effective if I take it now? Will I survive? When is the appropriate time to take? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Yes, you should take it immediately. Did you clean your bite wound with soap and water? Are you not previously vaccinated? If not, you should get vaccinated as per the CDC (center for disease control and prevention) schedule (if you are in...  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 »

Please address my concerns regarding 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 fo...  Read Full »

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