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A 25-year-old male asked about a 60-year-old male:

My father ate a fruit which was already bitten by an animal. is there a chance that he will be infected by rabies if it was a bat that bit the fruit?

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Dr. Joseph Oh
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Very unlikely: I guess anything is possible but usually u need to actually be bitten to get the virus. Unfortunately sometimes people don't realize they've been bitten. There are only 3 cases of rabies per year in the US; he'll probably be just fine.
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