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Wife feeds stray cat in our woodsy CT yard. cat's friendly non-aggressive. no tags or collar. Cat licked my leg, should I b worried for rabies?

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Dr. Jerome Zacks
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not to worry.

Since the rabies virus affects the nervous system, rabid animals generally display abnormal behavior.
The virus can be transmitted via contact with the affected animal's saliva, usually through a bite. Theoretically, saliva from a rabid animal could infect a human if the saliva entered an open wound. In this instance, the animal was unlikely to be rabid and no mention was made of an open wound.

In brief: Not to worry.

Since the rabies virus affects the nervous system, rabid animals generally display abnormal behavior.
The virus can be transmitted via contact with the affected animal's saliva, usually through a bite. Theoretically, saliva from a rabid animal could infect a human if the saliva entered an open wound. In this instance, the animal was unlikely to be rabid and no mention was made of an open wound.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Rabies virus cannot penetrate intact skin.
A rabid cat will appear to be sick and exhibit behavior changes. There may be a slight risk if the cat licked a wound or scratch on your leg.

In brief: No

Rabies virus cannot penetrate intact skin.
A rabid cat will appear to be sick and exhibit behavior changes. There may be a slight risk if the cat licked a wound or scratch on your leg.
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Dr. Alvin Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

In brief: No just ticks&fleas

Unless animals are acting strangely, it's doubtful that rabies is of any concern.
Of note, rabies is not passed by licking per se but rather by bite. Do be careful b/c cat bites are notorious for getting infected easily despite less skin trauma.

In brief: No just ticks&fleas

Unless animals are acting strangely, it's doubtful that rabies is of any concern.
Of note, rabies is not passed by licking per se but rather by bite. Do be careful b/c cat bites are notorious for getting infected easily despite less skin trauma.
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