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A 23-year-old male asked:

from india, there was a dead bat in my office.should i be worried about ebola or rabies, as small amount of thick liquid in my hair near an opencut boil?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Lindquist
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Were you exposed?: The answer lies in your ability to be certain no exposure occurred. If you are certain you did not get a bite/scratch or ingest the bat..Then you are likely fine. If at any time you were not aware of your surrounding while in the room with the bat (sleeping, drugs/alcohol) then you should get the vaccine and immunoglobulin for rabies. Was it a fruit bat as these are associated with ebola?
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not in India: Ebola has not been reported to be in India currently. So you do not have this illness. Bats are probably the most common cause of rabies but usually this is through a bite from a rabid bat into your skin. The bat you found could have died from rabies but unless you handled it and broke through your skin in that process, then you have not gotten rabies.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Infections: Ebola case count as of 3 OCT 2014: Guinea – 1,119. Liberia – 3,834, Sierra Leone – 2,437, Nigeria (local cases) – 20, and travel associated cases- Senegal -1 & US – 1. India – 0 (zero). So please scratch Ebola off your list of fears. Rabies, on the other hand, can be found in India.

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