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Rabies???????
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Rabies???????

I've been told you can get rabies through microscopic wounds. Is this true? What the chances of this happening? Can you get microscopic wounds on your hands and fingers? ANY and ALL information on this subject is HIGHLY appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Welcome to the forum! How are you? Rabies transmission is usually through the bite of an infected animal. The presence of rabies virus in the rabid animal's saliva enables the virus to infect another animal or person. The virus can be transmitted when infected saliva comes in contact with an open wound, the eye, or the mouth. This pertains to any open wound or break in the skin, whether big or small in size ( some can not be seen easily) . There have been occasional transmissions between humans through cornea or organ transplants and even from the scratch of a rabid animal because there might be virus present on its nails. Hope this helps. Take care and regards.
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