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How do I know if i've been bitten by a rabid bat?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Nika Ferdowsi
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Find the Bat
The only way to know for sure whether or not the bat was rabid is to actually have the bat in holding and to run tests on it.
Anyone with a bat-bite should get a rabies shot unless tests have been run on the bat showing that the bat was not rabid.

In brief: Find the Bat
The only way to know for sure whether or not the bat was rabid is to actually have the bat in holding and to run tests on it.
Anyone with a bat-bite should get a rabies shot unless tests have been run on the bat showing that the bat was not rabid.
Dr. Nika Ferdowsi
Dr. Nika Ferdowsi
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: ~All bat bites=rabid
The last data i reviewed showed >60% of the mexican free tail bats in this country were rabid.
Consider them so & avoid them.If you don't have the bat to send in for analysis, you must seek treatment. Failure to do so may be fatal.

In brief: ~All bat bites=rabid
The last data i reviewed showed >60% of the mexican free tail bats in this country were rabid.
Consider them so & avoid them.If you don't have the bat to send in for analysis, you must seek treatment. Failure to do so may be fatal.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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David Miller
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Go see the doc
If you've been around bats (i.
e. In a bat cave) and have a bite you can't explain then you should see the doc right away for rabies treatment. Keep in mind that unless you have picked up and handled a bat, it is highly unlikely that you would be bitten by one. However, bats do carry rabies and rabies is a serious illness that must be taken seriously so better to be seen and be safe. Agreed - gt.

In brief: Go see the doc
If you've been around bats (i.
e. In a bat cave) and have a bite you can't explain then you should see the doc right away for rabies treatment. Keep in mind that unless you have picked up and handled a bat, it is highly unlikely that you would be bitten by one. However, bats do carry rabies and rabies is a serious illness that must be taken seriously so better to be seen and be safe. Agreed - gt.
David Miller
David Miller
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