How To Transmit The Rabies Virus?
I want to ask, can the rabies virus be transmitted through an intermediary ,, for example my hand is in the lick of a dog truss, my hand is holding a wound, the hand is an intermediary, can the virus be infected through it? ?
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First of all, you need to know that not all dogs suffer from rabies. Pet dogs that have been vaccinated with the rabies vaccine will not be infected with rabies and will not transmit the rabies virus. Dogs that suffer from rabies also will not immediately remove the rabies virus when infected. The new virus will come out in the final stage of the disease, when the dog starts showing symptoms of rabies. Some of the symptoms of rabies in dogs are behavioral changes in dogs, dogs experience hypersalivation (lots of saliva), dogs become very malignant and like to bite. Therefore, if the dog only licks your hand, chances are your dog does not have rabies.
The main method of transmission of rabies is through the bite of an animal infected with rabies. In theory, if your hands are exposed to animal saliva that contains the rabies virus and directly touches the injured skin, the rabies virus can also enter the wound. When the saliva has dried or is under 10-20 minutes of sun exposure, the virus will die. Transmission through the mouth or eyes is also very rare. In theory, if your eyes are spit on the saliva of an animal that has rabies, transmission can occur and the likelihood of transmission is higher if there are wounds on the mucosa of your eyes or mouth, but again, this is very, very rare.
If indeed you are worried because there is exposure to animal saliva that you suspect has rabies, you can immediately wash your hands / wounds with water and soap. If your eyes or mouth are splattered with animal saliva, you can immediately wash it off with water. Afterwards, you can do a doctor's examination and the doctor will directly assess your risk of rabies and whether or not you are given an antirabies injection. You can also take the dog to the vet to evaluate whether it has a rabies infection. If rabies testing is not available, you will be advised to lock up your dog for 10 days, and see whether the symptoms of rabies are increasingly visible. Dogs affected by rabies will not be able to live past 10 days, so if indeed the dog dies within 10 days or less, you must get an antirabies injection.
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