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Scared Of Rabies

KertzHealth

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When I was going to the lake a month ago, I just saw a dead bat near a tree. I didn't really think of much until I research about how cases can come airborne. I became frightened, my overthinking got a lot more worse and I soon got headaches and muscle cramps as a result of the overthinking. My life style has changed a lot to the point I don't eat as much, and I avoid my friends and (Yes, sometimes classes). And also whenever I sleep, I keep sweating and it proceeds to get worse day by day.

If anyone can help or tell me some advice, I would gladly accept anytime.
 
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Rest assured if you had rabies from a dead bat a month ago, you would be dead. You just have that wonderful thing we call anxiety. And it has overtaken your daily life! It would be good to go to your gp for a well check which may help give you some peace of mind. It would also probably benefit you to seek counseling! Therapy is such a beneficial thing for you. You could get some help in dealing with your anxiety and even medication of your therapist deems it necessary. I am very sorry you are going through this. You are not alone! There is hope! There is help! I always say, be proactive when it comes to your health. There are doctors who will listen to your concerns. There are therapists who have your best interests in mind! You can get through this!
 

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Thanks for the helpful info. I felt a lot more better and more relief than I was a day ago. No wonder why people keep telling me to not worry. Thanks
 

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Not worrying is so much easier said than done. Sometimes we just need some coping skills. Sometimes our anxiety takes a while to get under control. But, with the right kind of therapy it is more than possible. I'm glad you came here. People here really do care.
 

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I had an extreme fear of rabies years ago. Started when I was repairing one of tires on my car and then afterwards realized I ran over roadkill on the way home that day.

My father is a mechanic, has been one for over 40 years... you can imagine the amount of things he has touched underneath and in people's cars.


The fact is, if it was that easy to catch rabies, then there would be an epidemic amongst car mechanics. But there isn't.


Rabies is a very fragile virus and needs a near perfect route of infection. IE: Fresh bite.


I don't believe there is a single case of an airborne transmission outside of a laboratory test. I nearly ALWAYS see people getting rabies from bat BITES. If you weren't bit, you are okay. Just being near a rabid animal doesn't get you rabies.
 

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True. I heard that only 4 cases has been reported, but they were in a cave in Texas (Possibly happened in 1950s-1970s). That was because there were full of bats, no cases till this day are reported in labs and outside, according to CDC. I also have to note that I live in California, so my risk is near 0.
Nethertheless, chances of me getting a shark attack is a lot more higher than a virus that only infects around 20 people in barely a decade.
 

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True. I heard that only 4 cases has been reported, but they were in a cave in Texas. That was because there were full of bats, no cases till this day are reported in labs and outside, according to CDC. I also have to note that I live in California, so my risk is near 0.
Nethertheless, chances of me getting a shark attack is a lot more higher than a virus that only infects around 20 people in barely a decade.
If you weren't bit, your okay. I went through the same fear you are going through. It sucks, I know, but it will be okay.
 

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I have the same fear but not from bats. I have read 99% of the people get it when they handle a sick bat. I think it's extremely unlikely to get it just from seeing a dead bat.
 

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I have the same fear but not from bats. I have read 99% of the people get it when they handle a sick bat. I think it's extremely unlikely to get it just from seeing a dead bat.
I doubt that. You can touch a rabid animal and not get rabies. I as well have dealt with this phobia and done all the extensive research we all do on the subject. Touching a sick animal with rabies will not give you rabies. Now we can all play the what if scenarios that we do but still its pretty conclusive thats the case
 

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I doubt that. You can touch a rabid animal and not get rabies. I as well have dealt with this phobia and done all the extensive research we all do on the subject. Touching a sick animal with rabies will not give you rabies. Now we can all play the what if scenarios that we do but still its pretty conclusive thats the case
Yeah, you are right. I didn't add details. People get it when they handle a sick bat which bites them and they don't get the vaccines.
 
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