Well, I am more afraid of bats than you are! LOL. But, firstly has your cat been vaccinated for rabies and it is up to date. If so then if the cat bites you you are okay there. As for the mess well, you won't get rabies from the blood you get it from saliva. The question is did you get any saliva in a cut on you any where. That is the main thing.Is there is cut under the finger nails either or even a hang nail where it is open to the air. If any saliva got in there then you are at risk. The next thing is dried saliva usually kills off the rabies but not wet saliva.
Thanks for the reply! I just scrutinized my fingers like a crazy person, and found absolute no open areas of any kind. No idea if there was any saliva, since some of the areas I cleaned up were the carpet (just to be safe) but no way to see if there was saliva there. And just remembered, when I dumped the dirty water into the sink, there was some splashback onto my shirt, and there's an opening from an ingrown hair under my belly button (geez, more embarrassing stuff), but I can't recall if the splashback hit that portion of my shirt or not. That's probably not even an issue, right?
Also, since your son carried the cat.What did the cat have on it? And did your son have any open scratches or other sores etc. on his hands/arms that could have gotten saliva from the bat on him.
Even though the risk is very small, you may want to bring this up with a doctor today. Just to make sure. I normally don't say so. But check yourself thoroughly (both of you) and discuss it with your doctor. If you have to get the vaccine it has to be within the first day or two. So see the doctor promptly to decide.
Yikes! Well, no idea what the cat had on it. From the encounter in the house, he only had the bat in his mouth, and was batting it with his paws. I never saw contact on any other part of his body. My son wrapped his arms around the cats torso, with his legs dangling over. My son has a little bit of eczema and scratches in the crooks of his arms. Now I'm worried.... :(
I looked at my son's arms, and there's only rough scabby area on the crook of his arm. I kind of remember it from last night when I was putting some cream on his arms, and I think it was scabbed over even then. And also by how he described the way he carried the cat, there wasn't contact with his paws or mouth with that area at all. So maybe nothing to worry about?
I'm more worried about saliva from the bat getting on the cat and that getting into the wounds, especially the scratches. I can't say this is a zero risk. I would see a doctor. Sorry. I hope they say it is no risk but I can't do that.
Would it help that 5-10 minutes after carrying the cat, he took a long shower? He was grossed out by the whole situation. His scratches aren't open, and during the whole bat adventure, the bat didn't touch anything but my cat's mouth and front paws which didn't make contact with my son's arm.
I spoke with a friend that worked in animal control for a number of years, and her only concern was the cat, which I just took to the vet. I haven't spoken to a doctor yet. I'm not sure where to ask since we don't yet have a primary care provider (just found a new one after moving back to this area, but haven't filled out the new patient paperwork yet) and our insurance doesn't come in effect until the first of Feb.
This if from the CDC:
People usually get rabies from the bite of a rabid animal. It is also possible, but quite rare, that people may get rabies if infectious material from a rabid animal, such as saliva, gets directly into their eyes, nose, mouth, or a wound.
Scratches, abrasions, open wounds, or mucous membranes contaminated with saliva or other potentially infectious material (such as brain tissue) from a rabid animal constitute non-bite exposures. Occasionally reports of non-bite exposure are such that post exposure prophylaxis is given.
So it is rare but not impossible to get rabies from the saliva if it got into any open area as said above. The Oregon public health department says not to pick up dead bats. They advice you to call them if you have been potentially exposed. The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Acute and Preventable Disease Section is (971) 673-1111. Their hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. I don't know if they would answer any questions on the weekend. But you can try. Do they have any public health or free clinics in your area? It is good that the scratches were closed. I just worry because there was a lot that went on here. So that is my take on it.