Can Animals Be Born With Rabies?

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Rabies is a virus that is deadly for all animals once it develops past the initial stages.

What Is It?

Rabies is a viral infection that affects the central nervous system. Depending on the host, it can take up to six months to manifest.


Rabies is usually observable by a change in behavior. Animals can either become withdrawn, aggressive, tame or friendly. If an animal is acting the opposite of what you would normally expect it to, then there is a risk that animal has contracted rabies.

Humans And Rabies

Most people who contract rabies will display signs and symptoms within two to eight weeks. Rabies vaccinations and immunoglobulin shots are available at hospitals or health departments.

Ways It's Transmitted

Rabies is a virus and can be transmitted through the saliva or blood of an animal that is hosting the virus. Scratches, bite marks or saliva entering through a person's orifice can transmit the disease.

Can Animals Be Born With Rabies

Animals cannot be born with rabies because it is a virus and not genetically related.

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