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

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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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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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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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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What are the most common animal bites when camping?

What are the most common animal bites when camping?

Mosquitos.: By a landslide. Of animals with teeth, probably raccoons - they are not shy about rummaging through peoples' belongings. ...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 is the best way to clean animal bites, dirty wounds, and puncture wounds?

What is the best way to clean animal bites, dirty wounds, and puncture wounds?

Cleaning wounds: Flushing a newly formed wound with copious amounts of clean water is the most sensible answer. If you had some medical 'grade' Normal Saline that was sterile to flush the wound that would be theoretically a better situation. Do not use toxic substances such as hydrogen peroxide -- these kill good healthy cells in the wound base. ...Read more

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Please tell me, are human bites the same as animal bites?

No: Human bites are prone to cause infection because the human mouth is full of bacteria. Animal bites can also cause infection, frequently with bacteria that commonly colonize the animal's mouths as well. These bacteria are frequently different than those in the human mouth. Some animal bites can cause rabies which does not occur with human bites. ...Read more

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Will tetnus shot after 15 hours of animal bite still prevent infection?

Will tetnus shot after 15 hours of animal bite still prevent infection?

Yes, but...: A tetanus shot prevents only the bad effects of a tetanus infection. The shot does not prevent an infection from the other bacteria that animals carry in their mouths. Thus, if an animal bites through one's skin, a doctor can evaluate to see what treatment may be needed. Be sure the animal is one who does not, or is not likely, to carry rabies (because rabies is fatal). ...Read more

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When must I seek immediate help if I have marine animal bite or jellyfish sting?

When must I seek immediate help if I have marine animal bite or jellyfish sting?

Anaphylaxis: A severe allergic reaction as indicated by immediate swelling, respiratory distress, difficulty swallowing, hives, or excessive vomiting should prompt an immediate medical evaluation. ...Read more

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I think I have angioedema from an animal bite. Can i take advil (ibuprofen)?

I think I have angioedema from an animal bite. Can i take advil (ibuprofen)?

Animal Bites: Animal bites can be particularly nasty wounds. The formation of "angioedema" after such an injury could be a serious anaphylactic reaction. Angioedema is often described with the lips, although it is characterized by rapid formation of hives (raised welts). Either an acute reaction or after a period of time, both symptoms after animal bites should be immediately evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hydrophobia?

What is the definition or description of: Hydrophobia?

Hydrophobia: Hydrophobia or rabies is a vaccine preventable viral illness transmitted by the bite of an infected mammal. . Dogs are the cause of 99% of all rabies transmission to humans. In unvaccinated humans, rabies is almost always fatal after neurological symptoms have developed. Vaccine w/in 6 days of exposure prevents rabies. ...Read more

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What microbe causes hydrophobia (rabies)?

Lyssavirus: Rabies viruses are in the genus of Lyssavirus ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rabies (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the United States 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