Rabies Risk Assessment: Test Your Knowledge

Erin R. Whitehouse, PhD, MPH, RN


August 08, 2019

Editorial Collaboration

Medscape &

Case 3: Nighttime Camping Visitor

While camping, an 11- and 12-year-old reported that they found a dead opossum lying next to their tent. They picked it up by the tail and threw it into the woods. The adults were less nonchalant and contacted a local urgent care center, fearful that the children had "been exposed to something."

The boys insist that their tent had been zipped closed all night and that they did not hear or see the opossum while it was alive. When they found it in the morning, they thought it was dead, and the animal did not move when they threw it. They deny having seen any visible wounds on the animal and report that they washed their hands with soap and water after moving it.