Aa
MedHelp.org will cease operations on May 31, 2024. It has been our pleasure to join you on your health journey for the past 30 years. For more info, click here.
Aa
A
A
A
Close
Avatar universal

Can You Get Rabies from Fruit?

I've been trying to catch a racoon, and the critter was sneaky enough to grab some dead fruit from a cage trap I set up. I cleaned off the cage and through the fruit away. As I was getting more fruit, it occurred to me that this thing could have rabies. I washed my hands, cut up an apple and drizzled it with maple syrup, and set it in the cage.

But I'm not entirely sure how infectious rabies is. I read that rabies doesn't last long outside the body and is considered harmless if the saliva is dry.

Is this event a risk for rabies? Or am I over thinking it?
1 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
Avatar universal
COMMUNITY LEADER
You can only get rabies from getting bit by an infected animal or very rarely, getting an infected animals saliva into an open cut or mucous membraine like getting saliva from an infected animal on your eyes nose or mouth  or open wound.  So you were not exposed.  Yes you are right you can't get it from dried saliva of an infected animal.
mkh9
Helpful - 1
1 Comments
I wanted to add that if you get bit by a wild animal the doctor would probably have to give you a rabies shot just in case. So feeding wild animals isn't a good idea.
mkh9

You are reading content posted in the Infectious Diseases Community

Top Infectious Diseases Answerers
Avatar universal
CA
Learn About Top Answerers
Popular Resources
Fearing autism, many parents aren't vaccinating their kids. Can doctors reverse this dangerous trend?
Can HIV be transmitted through this sexual activity? Dr. Jose Gonzalez-Garcia answers this commonly-asked question.
A breakthrough study discovers how to reduce risk of HIV transmission by 95 percent.
Dr. Jose Gonzalez-Garcia provides insight to the most commonly asked question about the transfer of HIV between partners.
Before your drop a dime at the pharmacy, find out if these popular cold and flu home remedies are a wonder or a waste
Fend off colds and the flu with these disease-fighting foods