Rabies transmission without a bite - talk me off the ledge
February 24, 2014 7:11 AM Subscribe
Hello friends, I have a question about an incident two days ago that I can't get off my mind. I'm hoping that some people knowledgeable about rabies might be able to give me some sound information.
posted by Philemon to Science & Nature (19 answers total)
I was, along with two other adults, supervising a crafts project that ten 3rd-graders were working on outside, two days ago. At one point, one of us noticed a mature raccoon sitting near us. We ushered the kids indoors and away from the raccoon.
We called animal control, and they came out and caught the animal. They said they don't test animals when there are no bites or scratches involved, but they can do so if we want them to.
No one was bitten or scratched, and we didn't notice anything else weird about the animal's behavior, other than this was the middle of the day, when mature raccoon's are usually not roaming about (though it isn't totally unusual as it would be with some other nocturnal critters).
None of the kids touched the animal, but a couple of them were handling objects, and we have no idea how long the raccoon had been out there. There was an extended time when we went inside and the raccoon may have drooled on something -- I have NO evidence that that happened though, it's just my paranoid supposition.
So my question is: should I be worried about any of these kids? We had everyone wash hands for an extended time, there were no cuts on any of the kids hands, or anything like that. How possible is it that rabies could be transmitted through an animal drooling on an object, and someone then touching the object? Should I be worried?
Thank you in advance!