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    Rabies Treatment

    Call 911 if:

    • The person is seriously injured in an animal attack.

    • The person is seriously injured in an animal attack.

    1. Stop Bleeding

    • Apply sustained pressure for several minutes.

    2. Clean Wound

    • Wash with clean water and gentle soap for 15 minutes.

    3. Gather Information About Animal

    • Notify the local health department or animal control about the animal's possible whereabouts.
    • If the animal is a pet, get owner's contact information.

    4. See a Health Care Provider Immediately

    • Do not wait for symptoms to appear.
    • If possible, bring information about the animal.
    • If the person was in an enclosed area with a bat, see a health care provider whether or not there is a bite wound. The person may have been bitten and not know it.

    5. Follow Up

    • If there is any risk of rabies infection, the health care provider will recommend anti-rabies treatment. This may include a series of shots.
    • The person may require a tetanus shot, depending on the date of the last shot.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 02, 2016

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