There are two types of exposure to the rabies virus:
Having contact with blood, urine, or droppings (feces) from a rabid animal does not transmit the rabies virus, so no treatment is needed. But you should always avoid touching or handling wild mammals, especially bats, because of the small chance of a nonbite exposure to the rabies virus. If a bat is found in a room with a sleeping or unconscious person, contact a doctor immediately even if there is no sign of a bite. Children should also be taught to avoid bats and other wild animals whenever possible.
Last Revised: August 31, 2010
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