A member asked:

Can rabies survive in stagnant water & cause disease? yesterday i cleaned up a deep stagnant puddle, 2-3gal, full of mosquito larva. many bats in this area. if rabid bats had dived at water to eat larva & some water got in my cuts, do i need shots?

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Dr. Richard Thompson answered

Specializes in Travel Medicine

Highly unlikely: Rabies is an acute, fatal, progressive neurological disease that is transmitted by the saliva from an infected animal, almost always a bat. In the US a case of rabies is very rare, and any case of rabies from a non-bite exposure is extremely rare. Most counties, and states, in the US, have never had an active case of rabies. If you did not specifically have a bat bite, you shouldn't worry.

Answered 4/22/2020



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