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Scratch on the lower leg from a sharp nail in a public place. Chances of transferring disease and virus?

Dear Doctor I was just passing in the sidewalk and my lower leg skin was scratched by a sharp thin nail which was out from a car bumper. Because of that my skin was bleeding a little and as the nail was in a public place am afraid that the nail might scratch others before me and as result a means for transferring diseases and viruses . Is my worry true or not? Please help me. With many thank. Mohammed
Asked On : Sat, 28 Jul 2012
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Hi welcome to HCMForum. as you have observed and described and fearing
it is to be feared of tetanus. You should immediately get vaccinated for
tetanus. second thing is secondary infection with bacteria and becoming
septic foot. So i advise you to consult your doctor for preventive treatment
As the virus of other person gets dried in dried condition you need not
think of it. if it happens to you it will be one in ten millions. so dont worry
if you still have doubt you can consult your doctor and get the elisa test
and other tests done to exclude the virus. thank you.
Answered: Sat, 28 Jul 2012
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