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Is rabies contagious?

Page last updated 06 January 2022

No. There have been no confirmed recorded cases of rabies transmission by a bite between people. 

However, there have been a very small number of cases of rabies transmission through organ transplantation, e.g. corneas or internal organs. 

Sources & Citations

4. Victorian Government Department of Health. Rabies and Australian bat lyssavirus. Available at: https://www.health.vic.gov.au/infectious-diseases/rabies-and-australian-bat-lyssavirus (accessed 07 December 2021).

5. World Health Organization. Rabies. Available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/rabies (accessed 07 December 2021).

MAT-AU-2102482  Date of preparation January 2022

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