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A 19-year-old female asked:

Chance of rabies?brother picked up trash,a raccoon kicked our can over.he washed his hands but i touched the faucet then touched a scratch on my leg

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Dr. Marcie Berman
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
No: You would need to have come into direct contact with the raccoon and be bitten or scratched. Your brother is not in danger from picking up the trash and you are not in danger as a result of touching something that your brother touched. No need to worry. If your concerns continue, speak with your doctor about it.
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