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If a raccoon that has rabies scratches you can you get rabies?

If a raccoon that has rabies scratches you can you get rabies?

Unlikely: Rabies virus is transmitted in the saliva of the infected animal. It is unlikely that one would get rabies from a rabid raccoon scratch, unless the raccoon just licked his paws prior to scratching the person. Because rabies is a fatal disease, scratch victims should be evaluated by their doctors, and may end up getting vaccines just to be extra safe. ...Read more

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Rabies (Definition)

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


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Can you get rabies if you hold a baby raccoon that's been in captivity for 5 weeks? She scratched and buried her nose against me, but no broken skin.

Can you get rabies if you hold a baby raccoon that's been in captivity for 5 weeks? She scratched and buried her nose against me, but no broken skin.

Unlikely: I'd she has been in captivity for 5 weeks and well, it is unlikely she carried rabies. Continue to watch her and if concerns, be vaccinated. All the best. ...Read more

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My friend was bit by a raccoon while attempting to get it out of her garage. Should she get rabies shots?

My friend was bit by a raccoon while attempting to get it out of her garage. Should she get rabies shots?

Raccoon bite: Raccoons can carry rabies, and it would be prudent for the person bitten to seek care at the county health department for rabies prevention (injections). ...Read more

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My cat was scratched by a raccoon. Is their a risk of the cat getting rabies. The raccoons are regulars around our deck and seem healthy.?

Go to the vet: Take your cat to the vet there no wild healthy racoon it does not mean your cat has rabies but you do not want to wait until your cat become symptomatic and start hurting people in the house for safety and a peace of mind take the cat to the vet ...Read more

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There was a raccoon on my kids playground today. They went in when they saw it and came back out when it was gone. Could they get any disease from playing on the playground where a raccoon has been? Particularly rabies.

There was a raccoon on my kids playground today. They went in when they saw it and came back out when it was gone. Could they get any disease from playing on the playground where a raccoon has been? Particularly rabies.

Safe: Rabies is transmitted through a bite as the virus is carried in the saliva of rabies-infected animals. Zero chance of rabies. All other diseases: almost zero chance as they did not come in contact with the raccoon. ...Read more

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Have a small cut and touched water in a bucket. There is a raccoon in the area that may have drank from it possibly. Should I get rabies treatment?

I can't cross-: Reference this with previous questions. But, I have noticed a flurry of questions about raccoons a rabies. Please try not to fret. Nothing here suggests you need to get rabies shots. ...Read more

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Chance of rabies? Brother picked up trash, a raccoon kicked our can over. He washed his hands but I touched the faucet then touched a scratch on my leg

Chance of rabies? Brother picked up trash, a raccoon kicked our can over. He washed his hands but I touched the faucet then touched a scratch on my leg

No: You would need to have come into direct contact with the raccoon and be bitten or scratched. Your brother is not in danger from picking up the trash and you are not in danger as a result of touching something that your brother touched. No need to worry. If your concerns continue, speak with your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Can I get rabies from bringing in my trash cans? Raccoon got in trash a couple of weeks ago and I always have cracks in my hands from washing dishes

Can I get rabies from bringing in my trash cans? Raccoon got in trash a couple of weeks ago and I always have cracks in my hands from washing dishes

No: In order to get rabies you need to have been bitten by the animal and it's infected saliva being introduced underneath your skin. Just make sure to wash up, but you needn't worry about rabies from the trash can itself. ...Read more

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Could I get rabies if raccoons tore up my garbage and left it everywhere. I walked barefoot on the grass where it was with wounds on my feet. It rained?

Could I get rabies if raccoons tore up my garbage and left it everywhere. I walked barefoot on the grass where it was with wounds on my feet. It rained?

Not likely.: Hello XStark. The rabies virus lives poorly outside the animal and inactivates quickly on surfaces. Therefore, it is not known to transmit via saliva left on surfaces and your exposure would not warrant rabies prophylaxis. If you are having symptoms that are concerning, it is important to seek immediate medical care. For future consults, my link is
healthtap. Com/vanessanealmd code PNYTKV. ...Read more

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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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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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If a dog scratched you and left no wound or broken skin, can you get rabies from it?

If a dog scratched you and left no wound or broken skin, can you get rabies from it?

Very unlikely: Rabies is usually passed through the saliva of an infected animal. So a paw scratch is less worrisome, and without a break in the skin, very unlikely. ...Read more

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Scratched by a cat 16 days ago, cat was fine for 4 days then she disappeared. I had 3 rabies shots 13 years ago and one rabies shot around 22 months ago. How many shots should I get now? (pakistan)

Scratched by a cat 16 days ago, cat was fine for 4 days then she disappeared. I had 3 rabies shots 13 years ago and one rabies shot around 22 months ago. How many shots should I get now? (pakistan)

Ask your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more