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Petting a dog will it get me rabies?
I had a small puncture wound on the base of my thumb from a thorn. After about 1.5 days, I petted a street dog on the belly. That wound was almost closed by then. The dog has white patches on the belly, and I've been seeing and feeding the dog since about a year. Should I take a rabies vaccine for this? I didn't come in contact with the saliva.
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Rabies can spread through contact between a wound and the saliva of a rabid dog especially if the wound has been licked. Considering the low level of contact was between a partially healed wound and the abdomen of the dog it is very unlikely to be a source of transmission (rabies is a sensitive virus which doesn't survive for long in the environment). The fact that the dog has been under observation in the past makes it more positive .
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Get the dog vaccinated to avoid risk of exposure to rabies while in contact with him in the future,for the good of society and also for your peace of mind.
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