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scared to death of rabies
« on: January 19, 2014, 02:04:47 AM »
ok i posted a week or so ago...i got scratched on the leg with a stick at my sons outdoor wedding....after the wedding some people told me there were bats out there..im terrified of bats....now I'm scared...what if a bat spat or pooled or peed on the stick that scratched me.....im terrified...the rabies virus wouldn't live that long outside the body would it??? please i know I'm being stupid and hysterical but I'm scared..i can't talk to anyone, people think I'm crazy.... :traurig001:
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Re: scared to death of rabies
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2014, 03:16:18 AM »
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Non-bite exposures to rabies are very rare.
Off to a good start!  ;D
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Transmission of rabies virus usually begins when infected saliva of a host is passed to an uninfected animal. The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host.
Well, sticks don't have saliva, and they generally don't bite. So, that's good news. I haven't really seen a bat drool all over a stick or spit ever, either. So, that's a plus.
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Scratches, abrasions, open wounds, or mucous membranes contaminated with saliva or other potentially infectious material (such as brain tissue) from a rabid animal constitute non-bite exposures.
Again, bat saliva? No. Also don't think the bats would rub their brain tissue all over the stick either. Poo or pee is much more likely for a bat to get on a stick, so let's move on and consider if that is possible.
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Other contact, such as petting a rabid animal or contact with the blood, urine or feces of a rabid animal, does not constitute an exposure.
So there you have it, from the CDC - poo and pee don't count as an exposure AT ALL. Now, let's say a bat did somehow get saliva on the stick (which honestly isn't even something we should even consider because it doesn't happen, but for the hypotheticals and peace of mind...)
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SURVIVAL OUTSIDE HOST: This virus does not survive well outside its host as it is susceptible to sunlight and desiccation.
So, exposure to sunlight and air kill it? I'd think a stick on the ground gets A LOT of that.  :happy0151:
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Typically speaking, the rabies virus will be rendered inactive once outside of the host body (and host body material such as saliva) for a matter of seconds.
Great! So, did you see a bat spit on the stick and then jab yourself with it? If not, then you're good to go.

Congrats, you don't have rabies! Rest easy and enjoy your life.
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Re: scared to death of rabies
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2014, 06:25:14 PM »
thank you so much for your reply...i have printed it off and stuck it in my bag and on my fridge...i know I'm being silly...but u know how health anxiety is...thank u for taking the time to reply to me....hugs to u...shanny
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Re: scared to death of rabies
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2014, 08:50:42 PM »
Glad that I could help! I hope your printouts serve you well.  :happy0151:
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Re: scared to death of rabies
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2014, 12:16:47 AM »
Steph --

Your response to Shanny was simultaneously one of the most compassionate and one of the FUNNIEST I have ever read on AZ. Well done!
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Re: scared to death of rabies
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2014, 08:36:44 AM »
You would already be dead if you were infected by rabies. If you are concerned about rabies get a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in the last ten years.
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Re: scared to death of rabies
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2014, 05:23:01 PM »
had a tetanus shot a couple of years ok..so I'm ok... :yes:
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