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Can You Get Rabies From A Cat Scratch
No: Rabies in america is mostly from wild animals like the bat, raccoon, fox etc. And some domestic dogs that are not vaccinated. I am not aware of rabies from cat scratch. However, if you are scratched by a kitty, beware of cat scratch disease then. Hope that you are healthy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cat bites -dangerous: Cat bites can actually be 'worse' than dog bites - with almost 80% becoming infected. That's because the needle like teeth of cats can puncture deeply, then the wound 'closes' and the conditions for an infection are set up. People should immunize their cats against rabies, because certainly they can bring that disease home -imagine if they bring in a dead bat! Make sure to take care of your cat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal transplants. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unlikely: Rabies virus is transmitted in the saliva of the infected animal. It is unlikely that one would get rabies from a rabid raccoon scratch, unless the raccoon just licked his paws prior to scratching the person. Because rabies is a fatal disease, scratch victims should be evaluated by their doctors, and may end up getting vaccines just to be extra safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Toxoplasmosis: Theoretically yes. Although you can't "catch" toxoplasmosis from an infected child or adult, you can become infected if you come into contact with cat feces that contain the parasite. You may accidentally ingest the parasites if you touch your mouth after gardening, cleaning a litter box or touching anything that has come in contact with infected cat feces. ...Read more
Highly unlikely-: Other infections such as franciscella tularensis (tularemia) potentially, yes- but not leptospirosis from petting a bunny. However, if you are the one responsible for cleaning up rodent feces and urine, you could get it if the bunny is infected and one were to inhale dtried particles of its feces or urine. ...Read more
See cdc.com: Theoretically possible, but it has never been documented. Usually transmitted through the bite and saliva of an infected host. Read the cdc.Com site on rabies for more information. I have more concerns about cat-scratch fever. (read about online or seek physician appointment in the next few days). ...Read more
Is it possible to get tetanus from an indoor cat scratch? Can i get tetanus even when i got a tetanus booster shot after the scratch?
No: A scratch from a house car is an unlikely source of tetanus, and if you have had a baseline series of tetanus shots, or dpt, when you were younger, and now got a booster, you are safe. It is possible to get other infections from a cat scratch , so report redness and swelling to your doctor. A scratch is an unlikely source of tetanus compared to a puncture wound , . ...Read more
Technically, yes: Some people are very allergic to cats. Some have "cat asthma" with surprisingly low exposure. If exposure continues and asthma does not get treated, asthma can cause death. One usually gets plenty of warning ahead of time, UNLESS one already is really in bad shape beforehand; asthma triggers combine "like water behind a dam". If not controlled (neglected or not recognized) fatal asthma can happen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Any break in skin: The spores of tetanus are similar to any bacteria in their ability to enter a break in the skin and begin thriving on the juices therein.As the germ spores begin to form an infection, it will eventually be able to make tetanus toxin and cause tetanus.Some injuries are more likely than others to expose you to tetanus, but any break in the skin might.A booster every 10 yrs is simple protection. ...Read more
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