Our expert says:
As far as I am aware there have been no reports of rabies in rat populations in South Africa. Rats do transmit transmissible diseases but these are generally transmitted through the rat’s urine.
Although the rat bite does not need medical attention I would still suggest that you be responsible and visit your vet for further advice. The vet might put you on a prophylactic dose of antibiotics to prevent a possible bacterial infection arising.
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