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What can happen if don't get the shot for rabies and an animal bites you?

What can happen if don't get the shot for rabies and an animal bites you?

Rabies shots: Most people do nor receive the rabies vaccination prior to animal bites except people with increased exposure due to occupation. The vaccine is given post "suspected" rabies exposure along with the rabies immune globulin, human (hrig) injection. Local wound care should also be initiated. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Animal Bite (Definition)

Animal bites is an injury in which a person's skin is damaged and usually cut open by the sharp teeth of an animal. Bites can lead to infections, usually bacterial infections. Rabies is quite rare in the U.S. (just 1 or 2 cases per year) thanks to animal control programs and vaccines for ...Read more


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Could animal bites need to break the skin in order to transmit the rabies virus?

Could animal bites need to break the skin in order to transmit the rabies virus?

Not necessarily: In fact, an animal bite is not needed to be infected with rabies. A rabies infection could result if the saliva of a rabid animal contacts an open wound or the eye of a person. There have been documented cases of rabies infection without a history of an animal bite. It is presumed that the infection may have occured via the aforementioned ways. ...Read more

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Is it true that the rabies vaccine is effective only for one animal bite?

NO : The human Rabies Vaccine is good for several animals as for duration the duration of immunity afforded to humans by a two injection vaccination course was found to be between two to three years.[12][13][14] following administration of a booster dose (recommended at one year), one study found 97% of immuno-competent individuals demonstrate protective levels of neutralizing antibodies at 10 years.[1. ...Read more

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What are the tests for animal bites?

What are the tests for animal bites?

History: Take apicture of the animal, some , like squirrils don't carry rabies, others like cats and dogs don't usually but are usually quaranteened for 14 days to bve sure if there isno history of innoculation, others such as raccoons or bats or other biting animals can carry rabies and not look sick. Dont' worry, some people survive. On a ventillator. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to get tetanus from animal bites?

Can it be possible for you to get tetanus from animal bites?

Yes: Depending on the animal, they have often been rooting around in the dirt, and may have tetanus spores in their mouth and oral secretions.Tetanus can easily enter a bite as it would any other cut. ...Read more

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What does my doctor need to know about my son's animal bite?

What does my doctor need to know about my son's animal bite?

What, when, how.: What kind of animal? Was it wild or, domesticated? If dog or cat, what is the Rabies Vaccine status of the animal? When did it happen? How did it happen -- whether the animal was provoked or not. Where is the bite? Does someone have possession of the animal? When was your son's last tetanus shot? ...Read more

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What are the tests for animal bite?

What are the tests for animal bite?

Animal bites: Well thats a problem you are placed in antibiotics if the site gets infected it can be cultured if the animal is wild you may need rabies shots you must seek out medical care for this asap. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for animal bite?

What is the treatment for animal bite?

Medical Evaluation: Animal bites can expose people to high amounts of bacteria deep into the skin and tissues of the body putting people at risk for infection. This can occur quickly and needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Usually prophylactic antibiotics are prescribed as well as a tetanus shot. Depending on the type of animal and known information and history, treatment and testing for rabies may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rabies (Definition)

Rabies is an infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the U.S. is infected bats. Symptoms of rabies include an initial flu-like illness followed by increasing paralysis, agitation, and confusion. The classic drooling symptom is due to an inability ...Read more