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Can you get rabies from a cat scratch?

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. ...Read more

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Rabies (Definition)

Rabies is an infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the U.S. 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


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Can u get rabies from a slight cat scratch?

Can u get rabies from a slight 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 more

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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

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 ...Read more

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Tiny cat scratch, can I have rabies?

Tiny cat scratch, can I have rabies?

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. ...Read more

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Can you catch rabies from a small cat scratch wound?

Can you catch rabies from a small cat scratch wound?

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 more

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I need info regarding if my rabies treatment was correct after a feral cat scratch. Thank you. ?

I need info regarding if my rabies treatment was correct after a feral cat scratch. Thank you. ?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my 5-yr old son got rabies with cat scratch oh his hand?

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. ...Read more

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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?

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?

No: Rabies does not appear in domesticated animals unless they 've been exposed to wild rabid animals. Would be more concerned about scratch infection so keep area clean and consider antibiotic ointment. See your doctor if extensive redness and swelling occur ...Read more