Rabies risks and causes

Wound Care

Rabies is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. Always wash your hands after being licked by an animal.

Animal bites, though, require immediate medical attention. This is even more important if the bite comes from a wild animal, like a bat, raccoon, fox, or skunk.

Swift action is essential when it comes to treating rabies. If you’re bitten by an animal, the first step is to clean the wound immediately and thoroughly with soap and water.

Regardless of rabies risk, animal bites can cause serious damage when the wound is severe. For example, bites may lead to local and/or systemic infection and can damage nerves or tendons. Therefore, it’s always important to seek medical treatment after suffering any type of animal bite.

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