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A 24-year-old male asked:

from bangalore.while playing football at midnight yesterday,ball hit my ear which had a cut.bats fly nearby,will i get ebola,nipah if ball is infected?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Don't worry too much: There's alot of news media about Ebola, which of course helps their ratings. What you described 'doesn't count' as an exposure to Ebola, Nipah, or rabies. I recommend washing out wounds with soap and water, and if it is DIRECTLY caused by an animal (bite/scratch) then u need to see a doctor. In this case I wouldn't worry. Watch the site for redness, increased pain or fever though -see a doc if so.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Low risk scenario: I was unable to find documentation for Nipah Virus in Karanataka, India for quite some time (Bangladesh more recent) or for Ebola. Rabies does of course occur in India. However, the scenario you described would be very unlikely to place one at risk for contracting rabies. Would use normal wound care.

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