A 49-year-old female asked:
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hi, if u touch things that were run through by big rats, do u get infected with their dirts? what should i do ? how do i know that i got infected?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
See below.: If you did not develop any sores or illness within a day or three following exposure you are unlikely to have anything. There is no role for treating you without symptoms.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. John Leander Po
17 years experience Infectious Disease
Washed your hands?: If you have no open cuts or sores on your hands, then your skin will serve as a barrier- washing your hands thoroughly is your best defense. If you feel ill shortly thereafter, get evaluated by your physician. If you develop recurrent fevers, see your doc ad well - you might have rat bite fever or some other infection , based on the details you give to your doctor.
Answered on Jan 31, 2013

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