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    What are the risks of contracting rabies through cat saliva?

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Posted on Tue, 4 Jul 2017 in Infections
Question: another silly rabies question:

I was grilling dinner outside tonight. when we were finished with dinner a noticed a cat licking on the serving plates we left out side. I didn't touch the plate. I took a towel and picked up the spatula and tongs and out them in the sink with hot water and soap. After I put them down I may have grabbed the towel by the side I used to pick them up. My question is:

1, if the cat licked them to (I didn't see it) then I I picked them up with a towel could rabies transmit from the tongs to the towel and then my hand (with a small cut ) could that kind of in direct exposure lead to infection- So the vector would be cat licked tongs, saliva got on towel, saliva from towel got on my hand and into a cut aprox 24 hours old with a scab on top.

2. Could my wife get something from grabbing the towel or touching the tongs after they have been dipped in soapy water.
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 43 minutes later
Brief Answer:
No risk of rabies transmission here!

Detailed Answer:
HI,

I have reviewed this information fully. There is no risk of rabies transmission here. You should be calm and relaxed knowing there is no possible risk of transmission.

I hope this helps. I wish you well.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah 18 minutes later
One more question what if the cat got into my utensils while I was walking in and out of the house. Could it have gotten from the spatulas to the food. I don't think it did because I didn't see it until after dinner was over
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 36 minutes later
Brief Answer:
NO risk!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

There is no risk associated with that. You are fine and you shouldn't be worried.

I wish you well.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah 5 minutes later
So if the cat licked the spatula or tongs it couldn't have gotten on the food when I was taking it off the grill. Like I said we didn't see it until after dinner but it might have been sneaky
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
YOu and teh entire family are fine!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Your concerns about rabies are genuine but somewhat too exaggerated. They rather make you too concerned and less likely to function correctly. I have reviewed all these details and there is no risk of rabies at this time to you or your family.

I wish you well.

In future, you can get a direct response from me by using the link:

http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/doctors/dr-ivo-ditah/67093
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah 20 hours later
One follow up question animal control gave me a wire trap to catch the cat.

It got out of the trap after eating half the food. I guess it was the cat the trap was sprung and empty when I got home.

I reset the trap with a gloved hand. After I finished I took the glove off with my bare hand and washed it with a hose, the pressure was high and it bounced off my hands and hit my face.

Could contaminated salvia from the metal trap get on my glove, the on my hand when I took it off, the the water hit my in the eyes carting the rabies virus with it into my eyes


so I guess the transmission would be be:

Some animal was in the trap (don't know what) they got out.

There saliva was on the cage from biting at the cage trying to get out

the time frame could have been between 3 hours and 15 minutes

So it was _metal trap to Glove to hand- then water splashed it in eye while I was washing my hands.-- Could a virus even survive this many vectors and till be infectious?
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
There is no possible risk here!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

There is no meaningful transmission risk here. Be calm and stop torturing yourself. This would be very helpful.

I wish you well and hope you can stop getting disturbed.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah 20 minutes later
Thanks and last question

one final question could the virus live 15 minutes out side the animal
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 3 minutes later
Brief Answer:
No!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Viruses only survive within living cells. They will not live outside for that long.

I wish you well.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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