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Re: [RC] rabies - Heidi Smith

In general rabies can only be transmitted when the animal
is in the last several days before death.  That's why they quarantine dogs
have bitten someone for ten days.  If the dog has transmissible rabies, it
will be dead before the ten days are up.  Let me clarify here, the dog
have rabies and live longer than ten days, but if it bit someone before
that last
ten days, it wouldn't be infective.  At least that's the conventional
Heidi or Susan g. please step in if I'm wrong.

You're close.  :-)  The animal can be infective up to 10 days before it is
symptomatic, and can live considerably longer than that once symptoms do
occur, but the quarantine covers the time from which the saliva would be
infective to the time that symptoms would occur.  If the dog shows clinical
symptoms of rabies prior to the 10 days elapsing, then the dog is euthanized
and the brain tested for rabies.


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