Quote:I'm not so sure about that. Viruses die when they dry in air. If still wet, they can still be caught. Rabies can be caught through an open wound or a through a scratch that you can't see. I know of a man who died after chasing a bat out of his home. He was not bitten, but obviously he was scratched. Always call your local health department if there is any question about rabies. The shots are free and not a big deal. My DS had a series at 8 when a bat flew into the side of his head. No sign of any scratch, but the ER and health department agreed that the vaccine was warranted.