A 23-year-old male asked:
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if a dog scratched you and left no wound or broken skin, can you get rabies from it?

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Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Specializes in Pediatrics
Very unlikely: Rabies is usually passed through the saliva of an infected animal. so a paw scratch is less worrisome, and without a break in the skin, very unlikely.
Answered on Sep 23, 2016
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