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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you get rabies from walking barefoot near a possible infected bat?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Unlikely.: Bat rabies are most commonly transmitted by inhaling droplets of bat urine in a cave or other enclosed bat roost.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Very unlikely: Rabies virus is in the saliva of infected animals. A person catches it by being bit or by getting the virus into his eyes, nose, mouth, or skin wounds. It is very unlikely that a person walking barefoot would unfortunately walk on top of a bat's drool, and have the bat drool get into wounds on the bottom of his feet. However, if one thinks this truly happened, he can ask his dr. For rabies shots.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it possible that a rabies infected bat drooled on the ground and I could have gotten it from walking barefoot near it?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Quite unlikely: Rabies virus is in the saliva of infected animals. A person catches it by being bit or by getting the virus into his eyes, nose, mouth, or skin wounds. It is very unlikely that a person walking barefoot would unfortunately walk on top of a bat's drool, and have the bat drool get into wounds on the bottom of his feet. However, if one thinks this truly happened, he can ask his dr. For rabies shots.

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Last updated Jun 17, 2019

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