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Can rabies be transferred through ingesting unvaccinated dog's saliva?

Hi my uncle s dog licked my cake and i accidentally ate it yesterday, hes dog doesn t have any shots yet. I m worried if rabies can be transferred though saliva ingestion in food? or it should be a bite.. i ate some part of it then my brother told me that i shouldn t eat that bec. he believes that the dog licked it. but i already ate the bottom part of it. NO bite at all, hes dog now loves to eat and doesn t hate water (i need an expert in rabies please, epidemiologist and/or the like) i have an board exam coming i cant concentrate im anxious :(
Asked On : Sun, 23 Dec 2012
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Hi johnmorickson,

Rabies can be acquired by the ingestion of saliva of a dog infected with rabies and showing obvious signs of rabies.. There are very less chances if the dog is infected and does not show signs of rabies, i.e the dog is usually not infectious during that period...
The signs of rabid dog are frequent barking, aggressive behaviour, excessive salivation, aversiveness towards water, etc. As per your observations the dog is not rabid and the chances of acquiring rabies is very minimal but the dog being not vaccinated it cannot be eliminated completely
Answered: Mon, 24 Dec 2012
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