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What is the risk of getting rabies from a squirrel bite?

Almost none, unless the squirrel is sick or behaving in an unusual manner and lives in an area with widespread rabies. The same applies to other small rodents, including rats, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chipmunks and lagomorphs (rabbits and hares). Only woodchucks and groundhogs are sometimes suspected of having rabies. However, in the case of a bite, the state or local health department should be consulted.

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