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Afraid of rabies, previously vaccinated. Walking outside on bright, sunny day (no rain). Single drop of liquid fell from tree and lands directly in eye/tear-duct. Couldn't identify source of liquid. Possible bat saliva exposure or being paranoid?

Afraid of rabies, previously vaccinated. Walking outside on bright, sunny day (no rain). Single drop of liquid fell from tree and lands directly in eye/tear-duct. Couldn't identify source of liquid. Possible bat saliva exposure or being paranoid?

Paranoid: The most likely liquid falling from a tree would be water. Did it rain recently? The odds of a bat salivating in a tree on a sunny day is very very rare. Bats like dark places to rest during the day. Also, bats drooling? Also very rare. The saliva from a bat causing rabies comes from a bite, not drool. Also very rare to get rabies through the membranes of the eyes. So, please don't worry. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Walking (Definition)

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Can you get rabies from walking barefoot near a possible infected bat?

Can you get rabies from walking barefoot near a possible infected bat?

Very unlikely: Rabies virus is in the saliva of infected animals. A person catches it by being bit or by getting the virus into his eyes, nose, mouth, or skin wounds. It is very unlikely that a person walking barefoot would unfortunately walk on top of a bat's drool, and have the bat drool get into wounds on the bottom of his feet. However, if one thinks this truly happened, he can ask his dr. For rabies shots. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a rabies infected bat drooled on the ground and I could have gotten it from walking barefoot near it?

Bat risks for rabies: Bats are 'reservoirs' for rabies - so it is always best to respect them and do not handle or intrude into their caves. Luckily the rabies virus is quite fragile and dies quickly when outside the host - so if it's bat saliva on the ground, it's going to dry up and die off. If you have intact skin on your feet then you are protected thanks to your skin. Footwear is a great invention. Soap & water2 ...Read more

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My Father ate a fruit which was already bitten by an animal. Is there a chance that he will be infected by rabies if it was a bat that bit the fruit?

Very unlikely: I guess anything is possible but usually u need to actually be bitten to get the virus. Unfortunately sometimes people don't realize they've been bitten. There are only 3 cases of rabies per year in the US; he'll probably be just fine. ...Read more

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Afraid of rabies, previously vaccinated. Walking outside on bright, sunny day (no rain). Single drop of liquid fell from tree and lands directly in eye/tear-duct. Couldn't identify source of liquid. Possible bat saliva exposure or being paranoid?

Paranoid: The most likely liquid falling from a tree would be water. Did it rain recently? The odds of a bat salivating in a tree on a sunny day is very very rare. Bats like dark places to rest during the day. Also, bats drooling? Also very rare. The saliva from a bat causing rabies comes from a bite, not drool. Also very rare to get rabies through the membranes of the eyes. So, please don't worry. ...Read more

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If my cat that bit me had rabies wouldn't the cut look and get badly infected? The cut is completely healed now. Should i be concerned?

If my cat that bit me had rabies wouldn't the cut look and get badly infected? The cut is completely healed now. Should i be concerned?

Not necessarily: The rabies infection would be independent of anything that causes a local wound infection; when you develop symptoms from rabies, it's already too late for treatment. Rabies has a 99.99% fatality rate if untreated. If there is any chance the cat had rabies, you need to discuss with a doctor about evaluation. ...Read more

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When you get rabies does the infected area get red as well as itches?

Bite does: Rabies is an infection....Often from a bite. The bite area itself may get red and itchy from infection....That may be form local germs. Rabies incubates for 1-3 months and there may be fever and tingling / burning pain at the site....If you're concerned about rabies you need to be seen. ...Read more

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By what means do animals (mammals) get infected with rabies virus?

Rabies: Rabies is carried in the animal's saliva. When they bite other animals they transmit the infection. ...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