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Q. May I know whether eating a fruit contaminated with rat saliva and urine cause rabies?

Answered by
Dr. Lohit Chauhan
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 06, 2018

Hi doctor,

Accidentally, I ate pineapple infected with house rat saliva and urine. I suspect it because I saw rat urine and feces near it. Is there any risk for me to get rabies? Please suggest.

Dr. Lohit Chauhan

General Medicine Internal Medicine
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Hi,

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You do not have a chance to get rabies. Even if the rat is infected, transmission from a non-bite exposure is relatively rare. Some cases have shown rabies being transferred from corneal transplant and liver transplant. Rabies transferred from ingested infected saliva is not seen. The disease which you can get by contaminated rat urine is leptospirosis.


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