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Can Fish Get Rabies? (Important Facts)

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Rabies is a dangerous disease that can infect any mammal, including humans, pets, livestock and wildlife. After the symptoms of rabies appear, the disease is almost always fatal.


You’re probably wondering if your fish can get rabies, don’t panic, it’s just not possible.


Why can’t fish get rabies?

Fish are not made the same way we and other animals are (no kidding!), in fact they are so different, that it is impossible for them to “carry” rabies.


The probability of a fish contracting rabies is already very small. A fish would have to be bitten, without dying, by another animal with rabies in the water.


On top of all that, it is scientifically impossible for a fish to carry rabies. Just as a key doesn’t open just any door, the key has to fit in the lock just right, it’s an alignment of events.


Can you get rabies from a dead fish?

As explained above, even alive, a fish can’t carry rabies, so it’s impossible for a dead fish to carry rabies and give you rabies, don’t panic! The same goes for reptiles, such as lizards, snakes, amphibians, such as frogs, and birds.


Which animals get rabies the most?

The rabies virus is transmitted from an infected mammal, usually a carnivore (dog, cat, fox) to another animal or to humans. There is no transmission from birds, reptiles, fish, insects, etc.


In most cases, it is livestock (such as cows, pigs, etc.) that carry and transmit rabies.


The virus is transmitted to humans through the saliva of an animal with rabies: either by biting, scratching or licking a wound, a recent skin lesion or a mucous membrane. The virus does not pass through healthy skin. It is important to know that the saliva of the affected animal contains rabies virus one week before the onset of the disease.

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