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rabies infection

Hello, I want to ask a question about rabies. Last night I met two beautiful puppies (both were stray ) in front of my apartment. And just gave them some food, after one of them came to play with me. Having a dog phobia for most of my 24-year life, I pulled away to keep my distance  and touched her neck with my feet. Then she rubbed her head against my legs. However, not other parts of my body came into direct contact with her, and I did not see her salvia at my feet. Since then, I have been itchy all over my body (but not that intense), even on my head. If I go to the hospital, I will have to inform them of this case, and those responsible are more likely to come and kill the puppies, regardless of the results of a screening test for the disease in dogs. I do not know if it is possible for the virus to have spread from my lower limbs to my brain in such a short period of time, or if it is due to some kind of anxiety / panic attack. By the way, my body temperature is 37.1 now.  Would you mind to help? Thanks in advance.
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You have to be bitten or scratched to get rabies from a dog. Whether or not their saliva gets on you, you have to have a break in your skin.

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/rabies

The incubation period for rabies (time of infection to time of symptoms)  is typically 2–3 months but may vary from 1 week to 1 year, and it depends on the point of infection and how much virus a person was exposed to. You wouldn't see symptoms so fast.

My guess is your anxiety is causing your symptoms. You don't have anything to worry about. It was nice of you to feed the dogs, even though you're afraid of them. :)

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