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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.

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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.

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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?

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

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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?

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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.

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I'm between 4th and 5th rabies vaccination in shot series. Given HRIG 22 days ago for PEP for potential bat bite. I was walking few nights ago and bat flew into my head. Am I protected from this 2nd exposure or do I need to start vaccination over?

I'm between 4th and 5th rabies vaccination in shot series. Given HRIG 22 days ago for PEP for potential bat bite. I was walking few nights ago and bat flew into my head. Am I protected from this 2nd exposure or do I need to start vaccination over?

You are protected: And do not need to start over. Many factors support this: 1) the CDC website says you only need 4 doses of vaccine after exposure, the first being given the same time as the rabies immune globulin. 2) you recently had HRIG. 3) you don't even know if the bat who "flew into my head" bit you. No worries. .. you are protected. Stay well:)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A bat flew at me yesterday in my apartment. I did not feel any bite or see any bitemarks but should I get a rabies shot?

Bat fly-by: Just seeing a bat or having it fly by you is not a rabies exposure. On the other hand, if you awaken from sleep and there is a bat in the room then the question is -did it land on you? Sometimes a small scratch is all that's necessary for bat rabies. The best thing to do is capture the bat and call Animal Control. If it's positive, you'll need the rabies preventative treatment (called prophylaxis)

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What happens if you got rabies does the infected area get red?

Bite wound infected: Rabies works from the inside - so you won't see any outward redness or signs like that. The bite area however, could certainly get red, painful and ooze pus. If this is happening, you really need to see a doc to get help. You don't want this infection getting out of control. Obviously if it was a real rabies risk you need to follow up with the docs to make sure you don't get it. Take care.

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Can you get rabies from sharing a bottle with a infected person uk?

See cdc. Com: Theoretically possible, but it has never been documented. Usually transmitted through the bite and saliva of an infected host. Only human-human documented case have been transplants. Read the cdc. Com site on rabies for more information.

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Hi, Can you get rabies from being exposed to bat feaces through an open wound?

No: Rabies virus is transmitted through saliva and brain/nervous system tissue. Only these specific bodily excretions and tissues transmit rabies virus. Contact such as petting or handling an animal, or contact with blood, urine or feces does not constitute an exposure. No postexposure prophylaxis is needed in these situations.

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If a person gets infected with rabies, when the symptoms show, can he get rabies shots or is it too late? If it's late, what are other treatments for rab?

If a person gets infected with rabies, when the symptoms show, can he get rabies shots or is it too late? If it's late, what are other treatments for rab?

Too late (it's over): A person infected with rabies will not show ill signs at first. If she doesn't get rabies shots, the virus will travel to her brain. The incubation period from the time of infection until the signs and symptoms show up, is variable (about 3 weeks to 3 months). The last chance to get rabies shots and not die, is uncertain but is some time before any symptoms appear.

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At my babies daycare they found a bat at night. The owners got the bat and killed it. Could they get rabies and give it to my daughter?

Rabies: Bats are one of the most common sources of rabies. If your child got bit by the bat they should be seen by their doctor as soon as possible. If someone at the daycare got bit they also need to seek medical attention but it has only passed person to person with transplants so unless your child got bit directly you don't have to worry about it.

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Friend thinks he may have been bit by a bat. Should he get rabies shots?

Friend thinks he may have been bit by a bat. Should he get rabies shots?

Yes: Bats are high risk for rabies. Rabies coverage is recommended. Check the cdc. Gov website. All the best.

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