Whom should I bite first?
June 30, 2010 6:45 PM Subscribe
Am I going to get rabies? I found a little brown bat on the floor of my house this evening (~9 pm). It was curled up on the floor so I thought it was a leaf. Anyway I scooped it into a mesh wastebasket and it immediately fluttered up to the top of the inverted basket.
posted by toodleydoodley to health & fitness (33 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Its wingtip brushed my finger just then, and again when I took it outside and released it. After I let it go (and it was kind of slow to get out of the basket), I read on WebMD that fluttering (let alone curled up) on the floor is not the healthiest bat behavior.
I don't want to get a rabies shot if I don't have to (and neither does Mr. Doodley, and nor do the five Doodley cats), but I also don't want to get rabies.
How likely is it that any of us got rabies from a bat we didn't even know was in here? And how likely is it that being lightly brushed by a wing (I didn't feel a scratch) constitutes a significant exposure?
How long do I have after a notional exposure to notice initial symptoms (flulike symptoms and malaise, helpfully enough) to get the vaccine and still have it work?