Possible Transmission Of Rabies Through Hands Exposed To Monkey Saliva?
Good night, I wanted to ask this afternoon the monkey entered my room and bit the medicine in the room and the creepy clothes, I accidentally held the drug that was bitten by the monkey and there was saliva and it happened that my nails were long doc, my question is whether can I get rabies if my nails scratch the scar and it bleeds?
Hello Antoni, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com
Rabies is a disease caused by a viral infection from the Rhabdoviridae family. This virus is present in the saliva of infected animals and is most often transmitted through animal bites. Although most commonly spread through animal bites, this virus can also be spread by other means such as exposure to open wounds, skin abrasion, or mucous membranes (such as eyes or mouth) with the saliva of infected animals. However, the possibility of spreading the Rabies virus through other means above is much smaller than through a bite.
In theory, if your fingernail touches the monkey's saliva and you scratch your skin with it until you bleed, you do have the potential to contract rabies. The likelihood of transmission in this way is not known with certainty due to the lack of (rare) cases and no studies have been conducted on this.
For first treatment, immediately wash your wound under running water and scrub with soap. Immediately go to the doctor to get further tests and to determine whether you should be given anti-rabies vaccine or serum.
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