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I was trying to save a field mouse from my cat and before I could put him somewhere safe the mouse bit me. It didn't really break the skin, there was a tiny bit of blood when I squeezed it really hard. I washed it afterwards with antibacterial soap (twice) and then cleaned it with a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol on it. Should I be worried about rabies or get rabies shots? Do field mice even carry rabies? And would my cut (which I can't even see now and wasn't deep at all) still mean that I have to get those shots? I'm sorry, I couldn't find the right forum to ask this in...any help would be appreciated.
You should be worried about a hand infection for sure. A man in Bend, Or has been in the news the past month because he got Bubonic Plague from a cat bite which the cat got from a mouse or rat. Go to Urgent Care ASAP.
On the first aid part, u cleaned it with antibacterial soap, twice and also with alcohol. So, that's gud and most of the germs would have been washed away. But did u wash it immediately after? Field mouses cud be carriers of many disease causing microbes. Just ask a med expert near u, whether u need a shot. I he/she says no, go with it..
You have asked the million dollar question. If bitten by a rapid animal (and mice can carry rabies) there is a window of opportunity to administer treatment. The death from rabies is horrible. That being said, any agitated wild animal that is handled will bite, so there is nothing in what you said that would indicate the animal is rabid. There is no way they can make the determination without the animal being captured and biopsied. Some ER's will opt to recommend the painful series of anti-rabies injections in any case where the animal is not retained. To cut to the chase, I think the chances the animal is rapid are probably minimal, however I would recommend an immediate visit to an ER.
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