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Does Cat Scratch Need Anti Rabies Injection
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
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
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
Will I get rabies from a wild cat scratch that didn’t bleed? It disappeared quickly. I was wearing baggy jogging pants so cat scratched it playfully.
Low risk exposure: In the US, most rabies exposure is from bats and internationally, 99% of rabies is dog related. The WHO categorizes: Category I – touching or feeding animals, licks on intact skin. No prophyllaxis. Category II – nibbling of uncovered skin, minor scratches or abrasions without bleeding: Vaccination and local Rx of the wound. Category III – single or multiple transdermal bites or scratches, licks ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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:) ...Read more
M daughter got scratch by dog so we went for anti rabies injection and then after 3 ang half months she got bitten again so we get her inject anti rab?
No: If she had a full series of antirabies vaccine, i.e., 4 doses, she is very unlikely to need another vaccination. To be safe, she can have her antirabies titer drawn. Check with her PCP. ...Read more
I received my anti-rabies last month, comes with Immunoglobulin & Rabipur. Then, I got scratched again by my pet cat today. Do I have to retake again?
No: The protective benefit of the rabies vaccine is expected to last for at least 2 years from the time you complete the series. If your exposure is within that time frame you are likely protected. Be aware that there are several other potential germs that can cause an infection from a bite or scratch, and close monitoring is advised. ...Read more
For example I don't have rabies, I haven't bitten by a cat or scratched and I just take anti rabies vaccine. Is it bad? Would that make me sick?
Common: The rabies vaccine is often used by those in the business of handling animals as a safety measure. They get the vaccine as part of their work, and repeat it every 2 years as long as they are in a high risk setting. Anyone can have individual allergic or intolerance reactions to components of a vaccine, but when given under proper conditions these can be identified & managed successfully. ...Read more
My cat scratched me and it bled. I already washed it with soap and put betadine on it. I had my anti-rabies and tetanus shots last year in April. Do I still need to worry?
Depends on situation: In the us, domesticated animals are considered low risk for transmitting rabies & owners vaccinate their pets to avoid the disease. Wild cats with outside exposure might pose a risk. Local health authorities keep track of rabies activity within the region & the animals involved. I suggest you contact your local health authority for guidance in this matter. ...Read more
My son is taking anti rabies injection and last injection is on 28-3-15. Is there any problem on sending him to an amusement park on 30-3-15?
Post exposure: Is this the post exposure vaccine for rabies? If it is the same vaccine used in the US, then it is a killed virus, so he would not be contagious. Common side effects can include pain at injection site, general muscle/joint aches, and rarely fever. If he is feeling well enough, then ok to send him. Consider nsaids to help with mild side effects. ...Read more
My wife was bitten by a dog. She was currently taking medicines and anti rabies injection. Is it ok to have sex with him?
Yes: She may be in extra need of the love, warmth and affection you offer one another. ...Read more
My husband was bitten by a dog. He was currently taking medicines and anti rabies injection. Is it ok to have sex with him?
Dog Bite and Sex: Yes it is safe for you to have sex with him -- I am uncertain of his condition so cannot opine about whether that is the right activity for him (eg, locus of dog bite, did receive an operation, etc). That said, he must comply with the rabies vaccination series as that would be contagious and rapidly fatal. ...Read more
Once a monkey biteme as wound was very small I washed it with soap and did not took anti rabies injection. Now in my skin I see red dot and feel itch?
Infection: They way you describe it may be infection. All animal/human bites must be treated for infection. Monkeys can have rabies and transmit rabies. So if it is a money that can be monitored, keep a watch over it and also keep health dept informed. If if was an unprovoked bite by a wild monkey, get vaccinated for rabies. If provoked bite by monkey the decision is more complex, consult a id physician. ...Read more
ASAP: Anti-rabies globulin can be given up to 8 days after exposure. ...Read more
I just got scratched by a cat yesterday.... Just got bit f blood out. Will I contract rabies from it?
Maybe, maybe not: Rabies transmission from pets is rare but feral cats may be infected. A call to your local health department can let you know if if rabies is active in your region & the animals involved. They can also direct you to a source of the vaccine if it is needed. The cdc website also has information on rabies that may be helpful. Www. Cdc. Gov. ...Read more
A cat bite me 55 days ago, no cut mark / scratch found, this cat are still alive, can rabies transmitted 2 me?
No worries: At this stage I don, t think you have to worry especially since your skin wasn't broken. ...Read more
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?
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?
If I got lightly scratched by an unvaccinated cat a month ago and the cat is still living with no signs of rabies is it posdible that I got rabies from the scratch?
Unlikely: If the cat is well 1 month after your injury then no. We generally watch questionable animals for 10 days. All the best. ...Read more
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