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Macaques monkey in Thailand. Should I be concerned?


So, im in Thailand. A monkey put its mouth on the open end of my water bottle, and not knowing, I then took a drink. I assume it may have had some saliva on it. I was told by someone after, what had happened. 

That night I had a feeling in the back of my mind like I was getting a cold; you know, when you think youre coming down with something. As well, I had a small canker on the inside of my lip. Sure enough, the next day I have a stuffy nose and cold symptoms (I would describe them as cold symptoms, not flu symptoms). I cannot remember if I had the canker prior to the monkey saliva.

I went to the doctor and he gave me all the shots I would need to prevent rabies. Should I be worried about anything else? He brushed off all my questions like he delt with a lot of worried tourists and just insisted rabies is the only thing to worry about.

The cankor is pretty much healed and my cold is starting to mend. My wife also caught the cold, though, from me, or the monkey as it did jump on her lap. It was young, probably about 2-6 months depending on how fast monkey's grow.

Today is approximately 80 hours since the exposure with the monkey, to give a time frame.

Im a Canadian still in Thailand, and scheduled to travel to Vietnam next, then home in March.


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Hi and sorry this happened to you. We are not doctors on here but I am a microbiologist and can give you some advice. That is good that you got vaccinated for Rabies. You need to follow up with the whole course for that. There are a number of viruses that you can potentially get from monkeys including Macaques. You should get another opinion on this. Did you have any small blisters in your mouth ? Are your symptoms gone now? It can take up to a month to get some disease symptoms.
I would say talk to another doctor about mucosal exposure to the Macaque's saliva. Tell them you got the rabies vaccine but are still concerned about other viruses and see if they suggest treatment such as any other treatment.

Thankyou for your response. I did get the canker sore on my inner lip but it was only one, and I may have already had it. It has healed yes. My cold seems to be over the worst.

Im just not sure who to talk to in Thailand, it's proved hard getting advise about any of this except rabies.

Ill look again today.

Thankyou :)
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