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Which of the following exposures carries a low risk for rabies?
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pemsou5_wp • December 26, 2023

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  1. Kelly December 26, 2023 - 10:42 am Reply

    A) Child was attempting to feed a wild squirrel and was bitten on the hand with bleeding
    The bite of lagomorphs (rabbits, hares) as well as squirrels & chipmunks, mice & rats, pet guinea pigs and hamsters, have are very low risk for rabies transmission. Rabies immune globulin and vaccine are not indicated for these bites. Bats (any contact, even if it is unclear if there was contact and no evidence of a bite), raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, and woodchucks carry a high risk. Dogs and cats that are healthy pets carry a lower risk, but stray dogs and cats do carry some risk. If a pet can be quarantined and observed for 10 days, rabies prophylaxis can be held and only given if the pet shows signs of rabies.

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