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A 29-year-old female asked:

Possible infection from dog saliva onto broken dry skin on my hand. will watch for symptoms. can i pass p. multocida infection onto others?

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Dr. Joel Kahn
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Maybe: If you had contact of dog saliva on broken skin, you have a small but real risk of infection. You should see a doctor and possibly get started on oral antibiotics. The infection is not normally contagious unless another person has physical contact with pus from a wound.
Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
If it was: Your dog or a domesticated neighbors' dog with current vaccinations... And you have no particular reason to suspect the animal was rabid...And you are in good health, not on immune suppressants or receiving cancer chemotherapy...And you washed the area within a reasonable time, then you may be over-reacting a bit.

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