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Is Rabies Contagious?

Transmission of Rabies from Person to Person

Rabies is considered infectious but is not transmitted from person to person. Generally, a disease like this is caused by an infectious agent and not spread between people.
Rabies, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.

Transmission of Rabies from Animals

The transmission of Rabies can be by way of:

  • bats.

Discussion about Contagion of Rabies:

People become infected with rabies if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal. Although rabies in humans is very rare in the United States, more than 22,000 people each year (Source: excerpt from Facts About Rabies: CDC-OC)

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Rabies is possible from one person to another. Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness", "transmission" or "transmissability". Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics or inheriting diseases from parents. For an overview of contagion, see Introduction to Contagion.


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