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Help! Questions about Rabies?

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  • Posted By: WW_LINK
  • October 23, 2010
  • 07:39 AM

Hey there, sorry if this is the wrong place to post this. I live in South Korea.
The other day I was walking and I petted a stray dog that looked and acted perfectly normal, and I let it lick my hand. And I don't remember if I washed my hands later that day. I might have wiped my hands on my clothing/body/face. Should I go see a doctor whether I have rabies. Rabies is transmittable through saliva correct? And if I shared a drink with a few people from the same glass, can they get rabies or is it unlikely, also I might have shook their hands or something. If so should I also tell them to check up?

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  • The rabies virus enters the body through the saliva of an infected animal, usually as the result of a bite. In rare cases, the rabies virus can also be transmitted if infected saliva gets into an open wound or splashes into mucous membranes, such as those in the eyes, nose, or mouth. When an animal is infected with the rabies virus, the virus multiplies within the body. Eventually, the virus cause rabies symptoms to develop. The period from the time from infection to the onset of symptoms is known as the rabies incubation period. How Long Is the Rabies Incubation Period?After a symptom-free incubation period that ranges from 10 days to a year or longer (the average is 30 to 50 days), the patient complains of malaise, loss of appetite, fatigue, headache, and fever. Over half of all patients have pain (sometimes itching) or numbness at the site of exposure. They may complain of insomnia or depression.Two to 10 days later, signs of nervous system damage appear, hyperactivity and hypersensitivity, disorientation, hallucinations, seizures, and paralysis. Death may be sudden, due to cardiac or respiratory arrest, or follow a period of coma that can last for months with the aid of life-support measures.Most human victims, and apparently lower animals as well, suffer excruciating pain on swallowing liquids. Though they suffer from thirst, animal and human rabies victims can be terrified by the sight of water, hence another name for the disease, hydrophobia.Animals have a symptom free period similar to humans. If you truly believe you are in danger, then have the following tests done:Tests are performed on samples of saliva, serum, spinal fluid, and skin biopsies of hair follicles at the nape of the neck. Saliva can be tested by virus isolation or reverse transcription followed by polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Serum and spinal fluid are tested for antibodies to rabies virus. Skin biopsy specimens are examined for rabies antigen in the cutaneous nerves at the base of hair follicles.
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