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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Unlikely: Rabies virus is transmitted in the saliva of the infected animal. It is unlikely that one would get rabies from a rabid raccoon scratch, unless the ra ... Read More
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
No: You would have to be bitten.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Rabies risk: Agree with Dr. Kwok. Per the CDC: "If an animal has rabies and bites you - or licks its claw before it scratches you - then you could get rabies, t ... Read More

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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Contact local author: Rabies information/risk is a regional issue. State & local health departments keep track of all reports of infected animals of various sorts. They ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Not to worry: Rabies is rare to begin with. It is not carried on the skin, paws or nails. The most common source is the saliva from an infected animal. If your p ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: The vaccination builds up the cats resistance to getting rabies and does not make them a carrier of the germ.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
NO: The cat with an up to date rabies vaccination in the past can not act as a carrier for rabies. It can open the skin to tetanus spores or other bacteri ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rajesh Kumar
47 years experience Pediatrics
None. : Rabies is a virus which is transmitted from infected animals, usually but not only, dogs - by bites or licking of wounds. So u cannot get that from a ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Unlikely: If the cat is well 1 month after your injury then no. We generally watch questionable animals for 10 days. All the best.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
22 years experience Infectious Disease
Locate the cat: Cats, dogs and ferrets are the 3 animals that we know we can monitor them for 10 days - and if they are 'fine' after a bite or a scratch, then you won ... Read More
A 5-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
22 years experience Infectious Disease
Cat scratches: Cat and other animal scratches are capable of transmitting rabies in very rare circumstances. It is wise to observe the animal for 10 days after the ... Read More
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