A member asked:
While caving my head skimmed over a sleeping bat only my hair touched the bat. it stayed asleep and did not bite me. if my head/hair touched a bat's fur and then i touched my hair, could i get rabies if i touched my eyes or a cut w/o washing myhands?
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Dr. Stuart Hickersonanswered
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Interesting: Call your local Health Department. For example if a bat is found in the room while someone is sleeping typically rabies vaccine is given where I practice. In fact vaccine is often recommended for high risk proffessions: vets, lab workers and cave explorers. Contact your local Health Department to see.
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