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A 24-year-old male asked:

A stray dog came and took my tennis ball in his mouth. i scared the dog, he dropped the ball and ran away. i picked the ball and kept it away. later i ate without washing hands. could i have rabies?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
No: Rabies infection is transmitted through animal bite, most often by bat-bite.
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