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Re: [RC] AZ - New, Fast-Evolving Rabies Virus Found - Elizabeth Walker

Thanks folks.  I hope there is more followup of this in the news, and it becomes clear whether the reporter got it wrong or not.  Your takes make a lot of sense, and would certainly be a lot better news than the way it was reported, which made it sound as if this strain could be spread by much more casual contact.  I took the "like the flu" part right out of the article.  


On May 8, 2009, at 11:45 PM, desertrydr1@xxxxxxx wrote:

Along the same lines is this thought:  Skunks and raccoons may be able to spread within family groups because they groom each other, at least when the babies are young.  If the saliva has a high virus load, it's not impossible that there may be microscopic breaks in the skin, rather than some other type of contact like airborn or fecal/oral spread.

jeri


-----Original Message-----
From: Sisu West Ranch <ranch@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Elizabeth Walker <bwalker2@xxxxxxx>; Ridecamp <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Fri, 8 May 2009 4:23 pm
Subject: Re: [RC] AZ - New, Fast-Evolving Rabies Virus Found

"... 
skunks (and maybe foxes) *without* a bite or scratch - that it can be 
passed by "social contact", like the flu. ..." 
 
Information I have always beleived in the past is that there is very high numbers of the virus in the siliva of infected animals, as a result there does not need a visible scratch. 
 
Ed 
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Replies
[RC] AZ - New, Fast-Evolving Rabies Virus Found, Raven
Re: [RC] AZ - New, Fast-Evolving Rabies Virus Found, Dolores Arste
Fwd: [RC] AZ - New, Fast-Evolving Rabies Virus Found, desertrydr1
Re: [RC] AZ - New, Fast-Evolving Rabies Virus Found, Elizabeth Walker
Re: [RC] AZ - New, Fast-Evolving Rabies Virus Found, Sisu West Ranch
Re: [RC] AZ - New, Fast-Evolving Rabies Virus Found, desertrydr1