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Wrist pain from falling forward doing yoga (crow pose) on hard floor. ?

Wrist pain from falling forward doing yoga (crow pose) on hard floor. ?

Wrist Pain: best to get it evaluated by a physician. May need X-rays. In the meantime ice and ibuprofen are acceptable. ...Read more

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Can outdoor dog that paws the ground give me or my fetus toxo?

Can outdoor dog that paws the ground give me or my fetus toxo?

It can.: In western countries, the main source of maternal infection is thought to be ingestion of toxoplasma contained in undercooked or cured meat or meat products. Ingestion of oocysts, from contact with soil, or eating soil-contaminated fruit or vegetables is also a major source of infection, so your dog can get you infected. ...Read more

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Walking on side road almost stepped on dead raccoon with flies. Might have stepped on dried blood on pavement. Wearing pants socks shoes. Rabies risk?

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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Can you get rabies from a slight dog scratch? (the dog is unvaccinated)

Can you get rabies from a slight dog scratch? (the dog is unvaccinated)

No: Rabies is transmitted by the dog's saliva. This usually happens through a bite. If you have a wound and a rabid dog drools into that wound you could also contract rabies. ...Read more

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Is rabies transmitted when a rabid dog sneezes or cough near us?

Is rabies transmitted when a rabid dog sneezes or cough near us?

Rabies: The rabies virus is only spread when the saliva of the infected animal comes in contact with the blood stream (generally from a bite). There are generally less than 100 cases of rabies in dogs each year in the us and transmission to humans from dogs in the us is exceedingly rare. Transmission from bats or other wildlife is much more common. ...Read more

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Cat overdue for rabies vaccine. Outdoor cat, scratches puppy sometimes. If puppy bites me when playing, should I be concerned? Vaccinate cat and self?

Cat overdue for rabies vaccine. Outdoor cat, scratches puppy sometimes. If puppy bites me when playing, should I be concerned? Vaccinate cat and self?

See below: So rabies is transmitted through saliva, not a scratch. However, it would be very wise of you to get both the cat and puppy (when old enough according to the vet) vaccinated for rabies and maintain that vaccine as recommended (rabies is devastating to them too). The puppy nipping at you is not likely to give you rabies. You don't need to be vaccinated unless you're bit by an unknown animal. ...Read more

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Vaccinated dog causes rabies while saliva contact through air between 7 feet long distance?

Vaccinated dog causes rabies while saliva contact through air between 7 feet long distance?

No: Rabies is unlikely in a vaccinated dog. The more common vectors for rabies are raccoons, skunks, and coyotes. You can't get rabies through the air. It can only be transmitted via broken skin by an animal bite. On average, there is 1 or 2 rabies fatalities in the US per year. ...Read more

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Can cat litter hurt babies?

Can cat litter hurt babies?

See below: There are two ways how the cat litter can affect the infants: indirectly through the pregnant mother, if she is taking care of the cat, they can acquire a congenital toxoplasma infection or directly, as they might get in touch with infected cat's excrements in the cat litter. ...Read more

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Can I get rabies if a potentionally rabid dog licked my acne wounds? (I can't check the dogs condition)

Theoretically yes ..: The rabies virus could be in the animal's saliva but the CDC says that if you are playing with the animal that is considered a provoked attack. It is when you have a none provoked attack that you have to worry about rabies. I don't know where your from but get in touch with the public health authorities in your area to discuss your situation soon. True rabies if you don't get vaccinated 100% fatal ...Read more

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Wife feeds stray cat in our woodsy CT yard. cat's friendly non-aggressive. no tags or collar. Cat licked my leg, should I b worried for rabies?

Not to worry.: Since the rabies virus affects the nervous system, rabid animals generally display abnormal behavior. The virus can be transmitted via contact with the affected animal's saliva, usually through a bite. Theoretically, saliva from a rabid animal could infect a human if the saliva entered an open wound. In this instance, the animal was unlikely to be rabid and no mention was made of an open wound. ...Read more

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Is stepping in dog urine barefoot hazardous to my health?

Is stepping in dog urine barefoot hazardous to my health?

Unlikely: Unlikely but it is possible to contract leptospirosis if an immunocompromised person comes in contact with urine from a dog infected with leptospira, a bacterial spirochete. In humans, it usually causes mild flu-like symptoms but can result in high fever, severe headache, hepatitis, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or rash. ...Read more

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Are common garden birds' poo (pigeons, raven's etc) dangerous to human health if left undealt with on garden furniture?

Are common garden birds' poo (pigeons, raven's etc) dangerous to human health if left undealt with on garden furniture?

Guano (bird poop): Bird poop (or guano) is usually a nuisance more than a health risk, there can be a risk of disease transmission, especially for those with weakened immune systems. Clean up with soap and hot water whenever you have contact with bird droppings. The guano does not present more problems if left for more time on the furniture. ...Read more

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Yesterday a stray dog shake itself in front of me (very near). Can rabies transmit to me via dog's saliva, through air?

Yesterday a stray dog shake itself in front of me (very near). Can rabies transmit to me via dog's saliva, through air?

Unlikely: Rabies is usually transmitted through a bite from an infected animal. It is not impossible but would be very rare to be transmitted through the air. Please see this Center for Disease Control site for further information. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/transmission/ ...Read more

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Cat nail pricked scrotum w/ sleeping on lap. Tiny bleed 5-10min. Slight bump around prick/point Clean w Alc/Hyd Pero? Cat nail higher infection risk?

Cat nail pricked scrotum w/ sleeping on lap. Tiny bleed 5-10min. Slight bump around prick/point Clean w Alc/Hyd Pero? Cat nail higher infection risk?

Yes may cause CSD: Cats carry Bartnella Sp of organism 40% of time , scratch may lead to to cat scratch disease , inflammation of lymph glads some times even serious encephalitis. See your doctor for Rx of antibiotics to avert infection . ...Read more

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I'm pregnant. My dog rolled in cat feces and then scratched himself causing hair to fly everywhere. Can i catch toxoplasmosis by inhaling hair/dust?

I'm pregnant. My dog rolled in cat feces and then scratched himself causing hair to fly everywhere. Can i catch toxoplasmosis by inhaling hair/dust?

Extremely unlikely : That sounds like an incredibly unlikely wait to catch toxoplasmosis. Simply wash your hands and it won't be an issue. Toxoplasmosis is transmitted by ingestion not inhalation. ...Read more