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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 1 decade ago

Rabies information?

How far from an infected animal do you need to be in order to inhale and get rabies?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Rabies isn't transmitted through the respiratory tract, so you can be right up on the infected animal and inhale without getting rabies. If this animal bites or licks an open wound on you, then you have to be treated for rabies exposure.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Rabies is not transmitted thru the air like the common cold. The only way you can catch it is by direct contact with the infected animal, specifically the saliva (as well as brain and spinal cord matter, but that obviously only applies if handling a dead animal). In this respect it's similar to AIDS in that it requires transmission into the bloodstream.

    If you have contact with the saliva of an infected animal and any of it gets into even the most minute cuts on your skin you can become infected. That's why post exposure vaccinations are strongly recommended even if you only pet or hold an infected animal - you don't need to get bitten.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well, unless you are actually going into caves heavily infested with BATS, you don't have anything to worry about.

    Except if you get right up into an infested animals mouth and breath really deep (or inhale it from saliva in the air of bat infested caves) the virus tends to spread out in the air, making it harder for you to be infected.

    I'd say almost ALL rabies cases were infected from bites (saliva) or scratches.

    By the way, what are you doing hanging out with rabid animals anyhow?

    Source(s): www.state.ma.us/dph/cdc/factsheets/fsrabi.pdf www.arlingtonma.gov/Public_Documents/ArlingtonMA_Police/rabies
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You get rabies through a break in the skin, usually a bite.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Rabies isn't airborne. Only get it from cutaneous exposure (getting cut or bitten) or I would assume from eating uncooked and infected meat.

    Source(s): Biology major
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  • 1 decade ago

    762 mm, but it depends on the wind. the volumn of your inhalations. the exhale of rabid animal. the ambiant temp, and barametric pressure. Latitude and longitude have moderate effects.. None of this applies in North Dakota. If you have question about infection. Stick your middle finger down the effected animals throat, and look for puss pockets

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  • Erika
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    4 years ago

    the only way i've got ever heard of it being transmitted became by a chew from an contaminated animal that breaks the exterior. not too specific if it somewhat is handed from human to human.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can only get it through getting bitten or scratched it isn't airborne, it's in blood and saliva.

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