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Drip on Head from Tree...

jay_03

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Hey I was walking home in the dark tonight, and I live in a semi-wooded area where raccoons are pretty populous. It wasn’t raining but I walked under a tree branch and something cold and wet fell on the top of my head from the tree. I know how stupid and anxious it sounds, but could a raccoon have dropped it’s rabid saliva on my head from a tree? I didn’t think I saw one when I turned around and I immediately showered with scalding water and soap but is there a chance for rabies exposure? I’m so tired of dealing with these thoughts. Thanks for any insight y’all have.
 

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I am doubting it very much. That is like worse case senario. That a Racoon with rabies just happened to be sitting in the tree you walked under. Condensation and the likes can build up on leafs. Rain or no rain. That is all it could have been. Something as simple as that. That you have now blown up into something much bigger.
 

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I am doubting it very much. That is like worse case senario. That a Racoon with rabies just happened to be sitting in the tree you walked under. Condensation and the likes can build up on leafs. Rain or no rain. That is all it could have been. Something as simple as that. That you have now blown up into something much bigger.
yep I logically walked myself through it and even if it was a worst case scenario, by washing my hair with water over 100 degrees fahrenheit and soap that breaks down viral load and harms the protective shell, I’d still be okay *knock on wood* most likely! Thank you though for your response!
 

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i'm not making light of your concerns, but rabies is one of the rarest diseases out there and this method of infection is incredibly far-fetched.

there are less than three cases of rabies in humans reported in the united states every year and of those, 1-2 of them were contracted outside of the US. i believe, if memory serves me correctly, you are 470 times more likely to get struck by lightning than contract rabies. your odds are literally 1.5 in 392,000,000.
 
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