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Name: Joy S.
Status: educator
Age: 20s
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Date: Thursday, November 28, 2002

Can humans get rabies from a squirrel bite? I overhead a conversation in which a teacher stated that squirrels do NOT transmit rabies to humans because the squirrels have an unusual dentation that keeps the saliva which transmits the rabies in the back of the mouth of the squirrel, therefore the saliva carrying the rabies virus would not enter the puncture wound the squirrel made with the bite. I this right?


I would not count on that assertion. Rabies can be carried and transmitted by any mammal. For a little information on the squirrel issue, try this link to the CDC. Do a Goggle search on "rabies" as well. animals get rabies

ProfHoff 534

No. Squirrels are not a primary threat of transfer of rabies, raccoons and skunks are the most common carriers, but any mammal can carry rabies, squirrels can and will bite people, so there is a danger, even if perhaps smaller than with other animals.

J. Elliott

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