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A Dog Bites a Person in Harris County and Tests Positive for Rabies – Part 4

Friday, January 30th, 2015
English: three days old dog bite

English: three days old dog bite (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though the odds of being infected by the rabies virus are remote, the possibility of being infected is very real and should be taken seriously. The following are suggested precautions for anyone who has been or suspects they may have been exposed to rabies:

  • Vaccinate dogs and cats that are your pets as well as any stray animals that you care for.
  • Do not handle or approach wild animals.
  • Never handle wild animals that appear to be sick. Contact animal control services, your veterinarian, or a wildlife rehabilitator if you see a wild animal that seems to be sick.
  • Immediately and aggressively scrub any bite wound with soap and water. If available, use betadine or antiseptic soap. Thoroughly flush the wound with water. Next, immediately go to an emergency room or to a doctor’s office.
  • Immediately get medical advice from health department personnel or a physician if a person is bitten by a wild animal or a dog that you think may have rabies.
  • Immediately seek advice from a veterinarian if your pet is bitten by a wild animal.
  • The animal should be captured and tested for rabies, if at all possible. Do not risk further bites, however; let professionals with animal control capture the animal.
  • If you find that a bat is in or has been in a room with someone who has been sleeping, assume that the sleeper has been bitten and proceed as though it were a known bite.
  • When post-exposure treatment is administered quickly and with extreme care, treatment is virtually 100% effective.

See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this four-part series for more information about the deadly rabies virus.

–Guest Contributor

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