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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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Can you get rabies from walking barefoot near a possible infected bat?

Can you get rabies from walking barefoot near a possible infected bat?

Very unlikely: Rabies virus is in the saliva of infected animals. A person catches it by being bit or by getting the virus into his eyes, nose, mouth, or skin wounds. It is very unlikely that a person walking barefoot would unfortunately walk on top of a bat's drool, and have the bat drool get into wounds on the bottom of his feet. However, if one thinks this truly happened, he can ask his dr. For rabies shots. ...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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I'm between 4th and 5th rabies vaccination in shot series. Given HRIG 22 days ago for PEP for potential bat bite. I was walking few nights ago and bat flew into my head. Am I protected from this 2nd exposure or do I need to start vaccination over?

I'm between 4th and 5th rabies vaccination in shot series. Given HRIG 22 days ago for PEP for potential bat bite. I was walking few nights ago and bat flew into my head. Am I protected from this 2nd exposure or do I need to start vaccination over?

You are protected: and do not need to start over. Many factors support this: 1) the CDC website says you only need 4 doses of vaccine after exposure, the first being given the same time as the rabies immune globulin. 2) you recently had HRIG. 3) you don't even know if the bat who "flew into my head" bit you. No worries ... you are protected. Stay well:) ...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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Hi, Can you get rabies from being exposed to bat feaces through an open wound?

No: Rabies virus is transmitted through saliva and brain/nervous system tissue. Only these specific bodily excretions and tissues transmit rabies virus. Contact such as petting or handling an animal, or contact with blood, urine or feces does not constitute an exposure. No postexposure prophylaxis is needed in these situations. ...Read more

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My 3 year old cat killed a bat and has been vaccinated for rabies once (at 6 months of age). He hasn't bitten anyone, but are we safe from rabies?

Rabies: When hour cat killed the bat, what happened to its body. Wasn't it examined fir rabies? Secondly do you live in an area where rabies have been reported in bats? If your cat has been vacinated you should be safe. ...Read more

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Friend thinks he may have been bit by a bat. Should he get rabies shots?

Friend thinks he may have been bit by a bat. Should he get rabies shots?

Yes: Bats are high risk for rabies. Rabies coverage is recommended. Check the cdc.gov website. All the best. ...Read more

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Poked my head outside tonight heard what I thought to be a bat couldn't see anything could I still catch rabies if it was near me?

No: You actually have to be bitten to contract rabies. It is carried in the saliva of the infected animal. No spit under broken skin, no rabies. ...Read more

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Is eating a bat eaten fruit a source of rabies? Is it true that the virus may survive only when transferred to a living animal?

Rabies: The mechanism of transmission you asked about is very unlikely. The most common method is by the transfer of infected saliva by the bite of a rabid animal. A second means for the transfer of rabies is through the ingestion of infected meat from an infected animal. The virus needs an animal host for survival. ...Read more

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If someone kissed someone with possible exposure to rabies (bat bite) before the full course of the PEP was finished could they contract rabies?

If someone kissed someone with possible exposure to rabies (bat bite) before the full course of the PEP was finished could they contract rabies?

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. 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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A bat flew at me yesterday in my apartment. I did not feel any bite or see any bitemarks but should I get a rabies shot?

Bat fly-by: Just seeing a bat or having it fly by you is not a rabies exposure. On the other hand, if you awaken from sleep and there is a bat in the room then the question is -did it land on you? Sometimes a small scratch is all that's necessary for bat rabies. The best thing to do is capture the bat and call Animal Control. If it's positive, you'll need the rabies preventative treatment (called prophylaxis) ...Read more

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Bitten by a bat, washed wound but not immediately. I got all the post-exposure shots, but can I still get rabies bc I didn't wash it right away?

Bitten by a bat, washed wound but not immediately. I got all the post-exposure shots, but can I still get rabies bc I didn't wash it right away?

Glad you're immune: Even the anti-immunization people get immunized when they're bitten by bats. These bites are extremely dangerous and washing them won't protected you even if you do it immediately. The post-exposure shots are very effective and you should be fine. I went through the series a few years ago myself. You made the right choice. ...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