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Bathed in Dead Squirrel Water

Hi Docs,

I woke up in the morning for work and the water supply had been shut off by the water department and so I had to use the water held in the tank on the roof of the house. I hate cold water, so I had some water boiled and then I filled a bucket up with cold water and placed the hot water in to warm it a little before beginning to bathe myself.

It was only after I began brushing my teeth did I realize the water smelled really funny. It smelled like poop. I immediately rinsed my mouth with some drinking water (boiled the previous night) and had the tank on the roof checked out. There was a dead squirrel floating in the tank.

So now I exposed my body, my head, face, eyes, genitals and every place you can imagine to dead squirrel water.
I plan on immediately having a good wash (with a household anit-bacterial Dettol) once the normal water supply is turned on. But I'm unsure if I should be worried about any medical issues I may now get from bathing in such unclean water.

My details are as follows:

Age: 21
Sex : Male
Height : 5 feet 8.5 inches
Weight : 75 kilograms (165 pounds)
Race: South Asian
Duration of complaint : Just now
Location : Sri Lanka
No existing relevant medical issues (other than my current sniffy nose)
No medications currently being taken
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In case they want to do testing for rabies or any thing else you may want to keep the squirrel. I don't know how diluted water affects this. Don't pick it up with your hands. Use a shovel. See the CDC website at www.cdc.com for how to handle a dead animal.
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Do you have a public health department or doctor you can see? I am not sure myself in this instance. Do you have any open cuts on your body at all? Did you get the water in your mouth or swallow any water? The eyes nose and mouth issue I'm not 100% sure of. It would be  a very rare thing to get anything.  You may be able to contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at ***@****  I'm not sure if you can use this phone number but it is (800) 232-4626. You may have to pay a charge for calling outside the U.S. But otherwise it is a toll free number if inside the U.S.

I am not an expert in zoonotic diseases or transfer of disease of animals to humans. Some things are possible parasites or Salmonella if you ingested fecal matter. Also, possible viruses. But I think those are less likely. I don't know about rabies. Usually that is from the saliva of the animal getting into a wound. But, also if the saliva gets into the nose mouth or eyes. It is not very likely but not impossible, but it was very diluted. But that is why you need to follow up with a doctor on this.

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