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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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My puppy is too young for rabies shot. Scratched me on the neck while playing. I didn't bleed and don't see marks. He's healthy. What should I do?

My puppy is too young for rabies shot. Scratched me on the neck while playing. I didn't bleed and don't see marks. He's healthy. What should I do?

Not to worry: Rabies is rare to begin with. It is not carried on the skin, paws or nails. The most common source is the saliva from an infected animal. If your puppy has been healthy and has not had any aggressive contact with a rabid animal, there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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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?

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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I got scratched by a car it's been like a month and so and it's 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

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Is it possible that my 5-yr old son got rabies with cat scratch oh his hand?

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

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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

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

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Can you gey rabies if a cat scratches you?

Possible but unlikel: If it was a domesticated cat with vaccines, if wild, ask local healthdept. ...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 I get rabies from a tiny scratch of kitty in my finger?no rabies vac given, only tetanus.that happened 3 years ago. Please help

Can I get rabies from a tiny scratch of kitty in my finger?no rabies vac given, only tetanus.that happened 3 years ago. Please help

No rabies.: Rabies would have manifested within a few weeks if you had contracted it. Since the cat scratched you three years ago, and you did not experience any symptoms, you did not contract rabies. ...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?

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 your bit by an unknown animal. ...Read more

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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.

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

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My pet cat gave me a scratch does it cause rabies? Is it a carrier

My pet cat gave me a scratch does it cause rabies? Is it a carrier

Rabies in cats: Hi. Almost any mammal can be infected with, and transmit, rabies. Rabies is transmitted in saliva. However, cats lick their paws, so it may be possible to get rabies from the scratch of an infected cat. Is the cat behaving differently? Salivating a lot? Avoiding water? I suggest you take your cat to a vet if the answer to those questions is yes. And get the cat rabies vaccinated if it's not rabid. ...Read more

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I was recently bitten by a stray dog, he didn't really wounded me just some scratches, do i still need a rabies shot?

I was recently bitten by a stray dog, he didn't really wounded me just some scratches, do i still need a rabies shot?

Yes and no: If you can find the dog and it can be quarantined and examined, then you can wait. HOw long have you waited.? You should seek care from an ER or local physician with experience in this regard. YOu may have to undergo the shots. ...Read more

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My cat was scratched by a raccoon. Is there 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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Scratched by a cat 1months ago, cat was fine for 1month then she disappeared.npin pointlike cut mark / scratch found, can rabies transmit 2 me?

Scratched by a cat 1months ago, cat was fine for 1month then she disappeared.npin pointlike cut mark / scratch found, can rabies transmit 2 me?

Rabies: Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html ...Read more

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I'm terribly afraid of rabies. My dog went after something coming out of the wall and hours later scratched me. Up to date on shots. 2 months ago.

I'm terribly afraid of rabies. My dog went after something coming out of the wall and hours later scratched me. Up to date on shots. 2 months ago.

Probably no worries: The typical incubation period for rabies is 3-8 weeks and you're at the end of the typical period apparently with no symptoms. Sometimes the incubation period can run out many months, but that is atypical relatively rare. Also, you were not directly bitten. The more traumatic & bloody the infection event, the more likely rabies will be contracted. Relax but monitor for fever, headache, nausea. ...Read more

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My cat was fighting with an unidentified animal under my deck. 10 min later I picked her up and she scratched me. Do I have to worry about rabies?

Rabies: Hopefully your cat was vaccinated. If not, and you do not know what the animal they were fighting was, have the cat observed and checked by a veterinarian. Scratching is a very improbable means by which to transmit rabies, but since this is an almost invariably fatal illness, would take this very seriously. ...Read more

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If one is bitten or scratched by a cat and takes rabies shots after one month, will it be as effective as it would have been if taken within 7 days?

Rabies shots protect: The good news is you will be protected since you did not YET have symptoms of rabies. Of course getting seen and treated is usually better, but since you did not develop rabies, there was still time... rabies has a VARIABLE incubation time- which is some cases is quite long (months). You don't want to be an unlucky case that could be a week or 2. I believe you 'made it though' and you will be fine ...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

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Tiny cat scratch, can I have rabies?

Tiny cat scratch, can I have rabies?

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

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Can u get rabies from a slight cat scratch?

Can u get rabies from a slight cat scratch?

No: Rabies in america is mostly from wild animals like the bat, raccoon, fox etc. And some domestic dogs that are not vaccinated. I am not aware of rabies from cat scratch. However, if you are scratched by a kitty, beware of cat scratch disease then. Hope that you are healthy. ...Read more

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Can you catch rabies from a small cat scratch wound?

Can you catch rabies from a small cat scratch wound?

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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I just got scratched by a cat yesterday.... Just got bit f blood out. Will I contract rabies from it?

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 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

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A cat bite me 55 days ago, no cut mark / scratch found, this cat are still alive, can rabies transmitted 2 me?

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

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How likely is to present symptoms of rabies after a year of being scratched. Can something be done still to prevent the disease?

You Don't have: The rabies after a year of not having symptoms. (you'll develop symptoms within a week of getting infected with the virus). There's nothing u can do to prevent it other than avoidance of getting bitten by a rabid animal. Take care! http://www.Cdc. Gov/rabies/. ...Read more

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My friends dog has rabies shots. Something came out the wall and the dog clawed at it. Later that day it scratched me. Could I get rabies?

My friends dog has rabies shots. Something came out the wall and the dog clawed at it. Later that day it scratched me. Could I get rabies?

NO: NO; however, wash out the scratch with soap and water, then apply a thin layer of triple antibiotic ointment. Make sure your tetanus shot are up to date (every 10 years) ...Read more