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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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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Walking (Definition)

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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?

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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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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Rabies (Definition)

Rabies is an infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the U.S. 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