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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?
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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Quite 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.

In brief: Quite 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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