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Rabies Fear
A 1 month old stray pup had scratched my hand by her teeth last month. There was no bleeding. But the pup died 1 week after that scratch without any symptoms of rabies(like fear of water, furious behaviour etc.). I didn't took a vaccine after that scratch, as 2-3 months back I had already taken 3 shots of antirabies vaccine and a tetanus injection due to a previous exposure with another dog. Am I safe?? Or I need to worry?? What are the symptoms of rabies in humans, and how much time does it take to appear??
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Hi there... As you have taken 3 shots of vaccine it will act as pre exposure prophylaxis for later bite...nothing much to worry... But for previous bite you should have taken full post exposure prophylaxis I.e 5 shots...incubation period of rabies is 3 to 8 weeks... but rare cases has been seen as early as 4 days and latest like 1year...need not to worry much if it's a non rabid animal... Regards.
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