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When should I see a doctor if I think I might have been exposed to rabies?

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Get medical attention right away. Don't wait for symptoms to appear. If possible, bring information about the animal. If you were in an enclosed area with a bat, see a doctor, even if you don't have a bite wound. You may have been bitten and not know it.

From: Rabies Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Rabies: What Care Will I Receive?"

CDC: "Rabies Exposure: When Should I Seek Medical Attention?" "Learn About Bats and Rabies," and "What Type of Exposure Occurred?"

World Health Organization: "Rabies."

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches."

KidsHealth: "Animal Bites."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Rabies: What Care Will I Receive?"

CDC: "Rabies Exposure: When Should I Seek Medical Attention?" "Learn About Bats and Rabies," and "What Type of Exposure Occurred?"

World Health Organization: "Rabies."

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches."

KidsHealth: "Animal Bites."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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