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Rabies due to scratch of cat - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hello
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
how can i help you?
User :   I have been feeding a stray cat in my backyard and she has become quite domesticated.She recently was sitting on my lap and as she went to jump off, her nails pierced my skin. I read you can get rabies from cats. I have also been sick recently, but i do not know if its related. Should i be worried? Should i get checked out?
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
when did this incident occur?
User :   last week
User :   im not sure what day
Doctor :  
is the cat fine?
Doctor :  
what symptoms do you have?
User :   yes i've been watching her and she seems the same as usual
Doctor :  
ok
User :   i just had a stuffy nose and coughing
User :   and a sore throat
Doctor :  
rabies in cats are rare
Doctor :  
you can take symptomatic treatment for sore throat and cold
Doctor :  
do gargling
Doctor :  
keep observing the cat
Doctor :  
for precaution sake, you can take anti-rabies shot
Doctor :  
are you there?
User :   yes
Doctor :  
if the cat becomes furious, paralytic or prodromal,
Doctor :  
then you should complete the full course
Doctor :  
of the anti-rabies
User :   okay but to your knowledge, is contracting rabies from the cat through a scratch high risk?
Doctor :  
it can be, the risk s minimal , but not ruled out
Doctor :  
did you take basic first aid after you got the scratch?

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