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Can one acquire rabies out of dead animal's spine?

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Last night I was hiking around Malabo Beach (CA), and I came across a well preserved animal spine (just bone as far as I could tell). I picked it up and took it home because it was cool, not really thinking of the possibility it could hold disease. Is there any chance I could have acquired rabies or any other dangerous disease by handling it? I'm a little worried. At the same time, I'm pretty sure I should be ok. It was all bone. It wasn't wet and didn't have any decaying flesh on it. What would you say?
Asked On : Sun, 13 Oct 2013
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hi dear......
viruses can persist in dead tissues for a long theoretically there is a possibility of transmission ......
but with a big BUT....
only those viruses which spread by orofecal rout,and such viruses are usually not lethal .....
Rabbies spread when the virus enter into a breach in the skin or mucosa......
so you should not to be worry about...
Answered: Sun, 13 Oct 2013
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