Rabies is a serious life-threatening virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. The rabies virus is transmitted through the saliva of infected animals usually through a bite. Any mammal can carry and spread rabies but the virus is most commonly found in bats raccoons skunks foxes and coyotes.
Although rabies is rare in rats it is possible for them to carry and spread the virus. If you are bitten by a rat that is suspected of having rabies you should seek medical attention immediately and receive a series of rabies vaccinations.
Rabies is a preventable disease and there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from exposure to the virus. Vaccinate your pets avoid contact with wild animals and do not handle or touch dead animals. If you must handle a dead animal wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. If you are bitten by any animal seek medical attention immediately and wash the wound with soap and water.
Can rats carry rabies?
Yes rats can carry rabies although it is rare.
How do rats get rabies?
Rats can get rabies from contact with an infected animal usually through a bite.
What are the symptoms of rabies in rats?
Rabies in rats is characterized by an increase in aggression restlessness and fearfulness.
Affected rats may also have seizures and paralysis.
Can humans get rabies from rats?
No humans cannot get rabies from rats.
How common is rabies in rats?
Rabies is very rare in rats.
How can I tell if a rat has rabies?
The only way to definitively diagnose rabies in a rat is through laboratory testing of brain tissue after the animal has died.
What should I do if I think my rat has rabies?
If you think your rat may have rabies contact your local health department or animal control agency immediately.
Is there a rabies vaccine for rats?
There is no rabies vaccine licensed for use in rats in the United States.
How can I protect my rat from rabies?
There is no rabies vaccine licensed for use in rats in the United States so the best way to protect your rat from rabies is to avoid contact with wild animals.
How can I protect myself from rabies if my rat has rabies?
If you have been exposed to a rat with rabies contact your local health department or animal control agency immediately and consult with a doctor.
What is the treatment for rabies?
There is no specific treatment for rabies once symptoms have begun.
Treatment focuses on supportive care and may include wound care pain relief and fluids.
Is there a cure for rabies?
There is no cure for rabies once symptoms have begun.
Can I get rabies from a rat bite?
No you cannot get rabies from a rat bite.
Can I get rabies from touching a rat?
No you cannot get rabies from touching a rat.
What should I do if I’m bitten by a rat?
Clean the wound with soap and water and see your doctor immediately.