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A 18-year-old male asked:

3 weeks ago i threw my trash out and touched the garbage bin. a couple hours later, i put my hands in my mouth (i always wash my hands after handling trash dont know why i forgot this time.) dont know if animals were there. did i contract rabies?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
No, you did not. Transmission of rabies virus generally requires a bite by a rabid animal such as bats, raccoon, etc.
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