Can Animals Be Born With Rabies?


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 Animals can either become withdrawn, aggressive, tame or friendly.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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