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Is rabies contagious?

Page last updated 27 March 2020

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

5.    World Health Organisation. Frequently asked questions about rabies for the General Public. Available at: (accessed 17 March 2020).

SPANZ.RABIE.18.04.0156(1)a - Date of preparation March 2020