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Can You Get Rabies From A Cat Scratch
No: Even if the cat has rabies, and I have not heard of that as a source in the usa, the claws would not be infected and while other conditions like 'cat scratch fever' can arise from a scratch, rabies is not on the table.
An infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the United States is infected bats. Symptoms of rabies include an initial flu-like illness followed by increasing paralysis, agitation, and confusion. The classic drooling symptom is due to an inability ...Read more
Unlikely: Rabies is usually transmitted by bites, not scratches.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
5 days ago I was scratch by a cat, put some alcohol on it feel nothing See no wound, do I get rabies/a Cat scratch disease? I feel ill, headache, sorethrot
Cat diseases: If this was a feral or 'wild' cat, you definitely need an evaluation for rabies. In the Philippines, most rabies cases are caused by dogs, but cats can also be responsible. Usually biting is the best means of transmission, but 1 in 1000 rabies cases are from a scratch. Good you cleaned out the wound, but I recommend getting follow up care with an MD. DOH has a list of Animal Bite Treatment centers
I was scratched fairly deep on my left hand by a wild cat in China. I read about one case of rabies from a cat scratch here. Do I need a rabies shot? I had prophylactic rabies shots 9 years ago, and washed the scratch in iodine several times.
Nonbite exposures: I.e. scratches from a (wild) cat would rarely cause rabies. It is almost always transmitted by a bite. But it has been reported. I don't know what the timing is now since your exposure (scratch) but you should be seen and have your exposure and wound evaluated. Prior immunization is your greatest protection. Good wishes:)
Probably not...: While rabies is certainly transmissible from cats to humans, it generally requires an ill cat bite not scratch. The infected saliva of an infected animal transmits the rabies virus through injured skin, thereby inoculatin the victim. Incubation of rabies in a human after exposure is 1-3 months typically. I would be much more concerned about the possibility of cat scratch disease.See 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.See 2 more doctor answers
Rabies exposure: Go to the CDC site, CDC. Gov and research your treatment. Or contact health tap and discuss your treatment. All the best and good you were treated.
I got scratched by a car it's been like a month and so and its a stray cat do you think I got rabies or cat scratch fever?
Locate the cat: Cats, dogs and ferrets are the 3 animals that we know we can monitor them for 10 days - and if they are 'fine' after a bite or a scratch, then you won't get rabies. The problem is, cats CAN be instrumental in propagating disease - so I would take this seriously. About 1 in 1000 rabies cases is from a scratch, so the odds are low - but I would still see a doc about this for more info.
Cat scratches: Cat and other animal scratches are capable of transmitting rabies in very rare circumstances. It is wise to observe the animal for 10 days after the scratching or biting incident. Fortunately rabies is quite rare in the US, so it depends on where this occurred and how. Definitely you should talk more with a doctor about this. Luckily with rabies there is time for action - so please see an MD.
I got scratched by a domesticated cat. The owners say that he is current on his shots. I feel concerned about rabies. Should I get vaccinated?
My cat caught and killed a mouse in my yard, when I went to get my cat away from the mouse he scratched me (a little blood), worry about rabies?
Rabies: No, especially if your cat has been immunized against rabies. Mice can potentially carry rabies, but it is very rare. They usually don't get past the bite part, they die or get eaten.
My roommate was scratched (very lightly) by a stray cat the other day. Then a couple of days later I shared a drink with her. Could I get rabies from her?
Scratched by a cat 16 days ago, cat was fine for 4 days then she disappeared. I had 3 rabies shots 13 years ago and one rabies shot around 22 months ago. How many shots should I get now? (pakistan)
Ask your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you.See 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: Most local health departments keep track of the local rabies activity monitored by state labs. Domesticated pets are seldom a risk, but if there is rabies in the region and the cat can get outside, exposure can occur. If properly vaccinated, risk would be low. So there are specific points of missing information that limit my response. Infection/tetanus is a primary risk. You should call your doc.See 1 more doctor answer
Hi...i have been scratched by an outdoor cat few hours ago. It is a little scratch or puncture with no blood. Can I get infected with rabies?
Unlikely: If you are able to identify the cat, look for symptoms. There is no rabies reported in domestic animals. May sure you are up to date on your tetanus and get an antibiotic. Animal control can pick up the cat and do an assessment for rabies. Any concern and you will be treated. See CDC. GOV website. All the best.See 1 more doctor answer
I was bitten by my 3-month old kitten. Do you think I might get rabies? What do cat bites looks like? Do they look more like a puncture or a scratch?
Cat bites: If your kitten has not been exposed to rabies, a bite from that kitten will not transmit rabies. If the skin was broken or scratched, wash thoroughly with lots of soap and water. Watch for redness, swelling or oozing. Skin infections are much more likely than rabies and can be serious.
Ii got a scratch from my cat. I wash it with running water and soap, put betadine. Will I be able to get rabies? What should I do?
I was scratched by a cat tooth a few weeks after post exposure rabies shots. Do I need to get more shots? Cleaned area well, no sting when disinfected
No: You should be protected by the original vaccine. If a long time had passed since you were vaccinated, a blood test could be done to test your residual immunity before giving a booster.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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