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Rabies Contact Category

There are three categories of contact with a rabid animal. Category I is when the animal licks intact skin. Category II is minor scratches without bleeding. And category III includes bites or scratches with bleeding and licking lacerated skin.

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My wife got a scratch near her forehead, and we suspect it was from a bat. Does she require an anti-rabies vaccine?

Query: Hello, Sir, my wife, got a scratch near her forehead, but there is no visible blood. She cannot determine the exact cause of the scratch, but it might be due to the branches of trees in our garden. Some bats are staying near my house. If the scratch is by any bat in the worst case, does she require ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. However, you need not worry about rabies or other infection. Be relaxed and calm. I suggest giving her a TT (tetanus toxoid) injection, and there is no need for a rabies vaccine. I hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help yo...  Read Full »

I have stepped on a dead bird. Is there a chance of rabies contraction?

Query: Hello doctor, How long does a rabies virus survive outside the host? I stepped on a dead bird and I am just a little paranoid. There are no symptoms at present and was wondering what my risk of exposure would be. Kindly advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. The rabies virus is fragile under usual temperature and humidity conditions in summer. It is destroyed within a few minutes at temperatures greater than 122 degrees farenheit or 50 degrees Celsius. It survives no more t...  Read Full »

Does the rabies virus spread by touching dog saliva?

Query: Hello doctor, I touched a puppy with my leg. Is there any possibility that the rabies-infected saliva from the puppy's hair gets transmitted to my pant? And I accidentally touch it with my fingers and rub it on my eyes and get myself infected with rabies?   Read Full »

Dr. Udaya Nath Sahoo

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your statement, there is no need for any vaccination because the virus does not spread by touching and is transmitted by blood and mucous membrane. Also, a dog infected by the rabies virus dies within 10 days after biting. In case of any other query, contact ...  Read Full »

Is it safe to drink water from an RO water filter fixed by a mechanic who touched a dog?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday I bought an RO (reverse osmosis) filter, and the shopkeeper had a dog in the shop. He touched the dog and then gave the filter to me. And today morning, the mechanic changed the Ro filter, so I am worried about what if there was dog saliva and he set those filters in RO. So I...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the description you gave, there is little reason to worry. Rabies gets transmitted by bites, scratches, and in case if licks in wounded, open areas from animals infected with rabies. By your narrative, the dog was touched and seemed to be a pet dog, which might...  Read Full »

Can I acquire rabies by sharing a drink?

Query: Hello doctor,My roommate was scratched very lightly by a stray cat the other day. Then a couple of days later, I shared a drink with her. Could I get rabies?  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Rabies does not get transmitted by drinking. It is transmitted by a direct bite or scratch from an infected animal. Rest assured that eating or drinking does not transmit rabies. For more information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://icliniq...  Read Full »

Can rabies get transmitted to my son if an area scratched by my dog on my body comes in contact with his tears?

Query: Hello doctor, I got scratched by a dog, but I do not need a vaccine as I got a rabies vaccine booster dose 7 to 8 days before the incident. Is it possible to get the rabies virus into my son's eye if my wound (caused by the dog) comes in contact with my son's eyes after 24 hours of a dog bite or scr...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay Dange Ramesh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Rabies virus is transmitted through direct contact (such as through broken skin or mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth) with infectious tissue or fluids. Infectious tissues include tears, nervous tissue, saliva, and respiratory tract fluids. Blood, urine, and ...  Read Full »

Can I get rabies from patting a stray cat?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it possible to get rabies from patting a stray cat and then eating without washing hands? The cat's fur was not moist or wet nor was the cat being aggressive. Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Rabies does not spread that way. There is absolutely no chance to get rabies that way. Generally, it is the bite from a rabid dog or a cat that causes rabies since rabies virus is present in saliva.   Read Full »

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