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Am I too late to be receiving anti-rabies treatment?

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Dear Doctor,

On 23/Feb 2014 I was scratched by a kitten. I am not sure if the fellow bit me. I tried to catch the kitten and out of excitement it scratched me because it is not used to people.
I washed my hands with soap and with Detol solution.
I didn't take much notice of this whole episode because, this same kitten has scratched me before.
The kitten is less than 4 months old. We don't own it. The kitten would stay in our garage. We would give it food.
10th day after the incident, I noticed the kitten missing. Until the 10th day the kitten was healthy and did not display abnormal behaviour. The day the kitten went missing, we had some visitors at home. There were little kids who would meddle with this kitten, so I am not sure if the kitten ran away out of fear.
12th day after the incident, I saw a doctor, I was given tetanus and Verorab.

There are 2 things I want to know
1. Am I too late to be receiving anti-rabies treatment
2. Is it possible that the kitten does not have rabies


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replied August 5th, 2014
Infectious Diseases Answer A48657
Thank you for asking
Odds for kitten having rabies are less likely. And no you are not late for the vaccination.any thing before 42 days is cool.
But earlier the better. It's a standard procedure. Had the kitten rabies it would not have survived for 10 days.
Not every cat or dog has rabies.what we do is to be on the safer road and get prepared for worst case scenario. The should not worry you.
I hope it helps. Visit our health centre for further guidance.
Take care


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