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Animal Bites


Bite wounds can become infected with bacteria or other organisms in the saliva or mouth of the biting animal. Bites can cause everything from mild, local infections to generalized serious and sometimes fatal illness.


What is the extent of the injury caused by the cat?

Is there any sign of infection?

Is it cat-scratch disease?

Should antibiotics be taken?

Is there any possibility of exposure to rabies?

Are any preventive measures called for?