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Hi. i was at a park in honduras where monkeys and birds roam free. while in the white faced monkey section one of the monkeys scratched my fingers when i tried to stop it from taking our backpack. there was no break in skin or blood. rabies vaccine?

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If there was no break in the skin at all, then it is not needed. Watch for symptoms of fever, headache, weakness, delirium, and if you have any of those seek immediate care.

Answered 2/24/2023

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Monkeys are not rabies carriers. Rabies is transferred from saliva and blood, since no bite or open wound occurred , than no need for vaccine.

Answered 2/22/2023

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