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If a raccoon that has rabies scratches you can you get rabies?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology

In brief: No

You would have to be bitten.

In brief: No

You would have to be bitten.
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