Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Animal Bite Rabies Transmission

The rabies virus is present in the saliva of an infected animal. The rabies virus is transmitted to humans during a bite from an infected animal.

About 5 percent of people become infected by the virus after a bite from an animal with rabies.

Animals that may carry rabies include:

  • Bats
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Foxes
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Woodchucks

Animals that do not carry rabies include:
  • Rodents:
    • Squirrels
    • Chipmunks
    • Rats
    • Mice
    • Rabbits
    • Hares

Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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