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Hi Dr. I want to ask about Rabies.There...

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21 Oct 2021

Hi Dr. I want to ask about Rabies.
There is no category about rats so I chose dog.First, I live in South Korea.
I worked at the restaurant. While open it, I found there was a rat in the hall. So I catched it by my hands(with nitril glove) and threw away.However there was very tiny scratch on my arm but it was not bleeding. I washed it with tap water with soap.
I wonder if Rat can transmit Rabies.Can Rat transmit rabies? Do I need to get any vaccine?
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21 Oct 2021

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21 Oct 2021
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian

Dr. Michael Salkin is typing. Please be patient.

21 Oct 2021
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21 Oct 2021
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian

Yes, any mammal can transmit rabies but rats aren't considered important vectors of rabies due to their "lifestyle".  There are no reported instances of rabies transmission from rat to human.  Please contact your doctor and feel free to share our conversation with him/her.

Please respond with additional questions and concerns if you wish.

21 Oct 2021
Customer reply
21 Oct 2021
I understand. So basically there was not a bite or bleeding cut from rat, no need to worry?
21 Oct 2021
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21 Oct 2021
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian

If your skin was broken, your vet is likely to recommend a systemic antibiotic for you.  I can't know if a "tiny scratch" broke the skin or not.  Please continue in this conversation if you wish.

21 Oct 2021
Customer reply
21 Oct 2021
I guess it doesn't broke my skin. Thanks Dr.
21 Oct 2021
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21 Oct 2021
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin

That's good to hear.  You're quite welcome.

Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
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21 Oct 2021
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