Rabies virus

Patient

Q: I received a raccoon about two years and have had it in an old freezer. yesterday i took it out to skin the hide to make a hat for my grandson. today someone asked me if it had rabies, would i get it. not sure if the rabies virus can live that long. i didn't get in the mouth, just cut the hide off. How long can the virus live and should i be concerned?

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