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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?

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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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...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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Foot dorsiflexion fine at rest &when casually walking around, but if walk a few miles get sharp pain,tenderness, swelling & foot drop. Nerve? Tendon?

Foot dorsiflexion fine at rest &when casually walking around, but if walk a few miles get sharp pain,tenderness, swelling & foot drop. Nerve? Tendon?

Evaluation?: Have you been evaluated by a physician? Pain and foot drop can be caused by a variety of things, and localization can often be approximated with physical examination, and other tests such as electrodiagnostics. Suggest you see your doctor. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Dog bitten by definate rabies jackal. Can it transfer rabies virus by drinking soapy water (washing my car) 4 days after bitten? My hands in water.

Not likely.: Check with your area health officials but I would doubt the transfer of rabies. This has usually to be through broken skin that occurs when the rabid animal bites you. Best wishes ...Read more

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Rabies symtoms in human bitten by dog body area again infected and loud pain in wound area? If rabies symtoms start?

Rabies symtoms in human bitten by dog body  area again infected and loud pain in wound area? If rabies symtoms start?

RememberOl'Yeller??: I hate to break this to you but only one person has been recorded surviving full-blown rabies. But...that survivor was put on a special coma-inducing protocol and is doing pretty well today. Anyways,rabies or no rabies,if that wound is infected it needs to be tended to, rabies considered,as well as tetanus and wound botulism and other infections or the results of those infections.Get to a doc now! ...Read more

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Friend's top part of bedroom window open 1/2 inch all nite. horizontal blinds were down. No screen. Afraid a bat flew in? Rabies? No sign of bats.

Friend's top part of bedroom window open 1/2 inch all nite. horizontal blinds were down. No screen. Afraid a bat flew in? Rabies? No sign of bats.

? stop freaking out: You would know if bat bit you, even at night. The blinds were in place, so the boat's radar would not perceive that window as open. A bat didn't bother you last night and you don't need rabies shots. I'd be more worried about the mosquitoes that came in and what they are carrying. ...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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My cat killed mouse in garage could I get hantavirus from petting cat or mouse in the garage?

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My cat killed mouse in garage could I get hantavirus from petting cat or mouse in the garage?

Yes: A man asks about the risk of transmission of Hanta Virus from petting a mouse/cat. There is a belief that people may be able to get infected with the virus if they touch something that has been contaminated with rodent urine, droppings or saliva and then touches their nose or mouth. So it is prudent not to touch rodents and if you pet your cat make sure you wash your hands soon. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I walked through dried blood on sidewalk and walked in my house/feet on furniture. Did I contaminate things/is it safe to pick things up/walk barefoot?

I walked through dried blood on sidewalk and walked in my house/feet on furniture. Did I contaminate things/is it safe to pick things up/walk barefoot?

Probably not: Unless the blog was wet and got all over your shoes then drip on the floor and rug etc you may have brought in infectious agents. If you are worried there are wipes that will kill 99.9% of the bacteria and viruses. If your furniture tolerated this you can kill the contaminants ...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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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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8:30pm, felt something on/graze hair, heard it crash land on branch next to me w/quiet chirp. Possibly bat? Felt no pain. Rabies vaccine recommended?

Better do: Rabies vaccine won't harm unless you are allergic to any of its components or are immune compromised, whether to take rabies immune globulin with first dose yet to be decided as there is no clear wound, one other reason to take the vaccine, if you go often to the woods or exposed often to wild life, call poison control center and check this link http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/resources/contacts.html# ...Read more

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From NJ,almost stepped on a dead deer mouse on walk path.My beanie fell on my shoe later,but I had to wear it to protect me.Could I get hantavirus?

From NJ,almost stepped on a dead deer mouse on walk path.My beanie fell on my shoe later,but I had to wear it to protect me.Could I get hantavirus?

No: There have been NO reported cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome(HPS) in N.J. Most cases of HPS are acquired indoors from the stirring up of dust contaminated with mouse droppings or saliva. It is much less likely to be acquired from the situation you describe. ...Read more

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Rabies (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the United ...Read more