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A 30-year-old male asked:

Afraid of rabies, previously vaccinated. walking outside on bright, sunny day (no rain). single drop of liquid fell from tree and lands directly in eye/tear-duct. couldn't identify source of liquid. possible bat saliva exposure or being paranoid?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Not likely: rinse you eye with clean water, if you have no symptoms of discomfort you are probably safe, if you do check with you medical dr or urgent care center. Rabies would be a real long shot
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata commented
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
More like bird than bat in this case!
Jun 11, 2015
Dr. Richard Carlin
Ophthalmology 51 years experience
Paranoid: The most likely liquid falling from a tree would be water. Did it rain recently? The odds of a bat salivating in a tree on a sunny day is very very rare. Bats like dark places to rest during the day. Also, bats drooling? Also very rare. The saliva from a bat causing rabies comes from a bite, not drool. Also very rare to get rabies through the membranes of the eyes. So, please don't worry.
Last updated Aug 18, 2021

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