What diseases can be contracted from a dog bite?

 

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The most dangerous disease you can contract directly from a dog bite is rabies. Rabies is a viral infection that can be deadly if left untreated. Incidences of rabid dog bites in Texas are few and far between due to strict vaccination requirements: domestic dogs must be vaccinated against rabies by the time they are four months old and will continue to be vaccinated for the rest of their lives every one to three years. If you think you have been bitten by a rabid dog, go to the emergency room immediately.

Other than rabies, a human’s main concern after a dog bite is infection. A dog’s mouth is filled with bacteria and your open wound is an ideal entry for it. The most common infection from a dog bite is caused by a bacteria called Pasteurella. Unlike rabies, Pasteurella is a naturally occurring bacteria that is found in the mouth of every dog. It is of no threat to the dog, but when your skin is punctured and the bacteria enters your body, it can cause an infection. Symptoms will usually surface within 12 hours of being bitten and include redness, swelling and pain. Bites themselves will generally be swollen, red and painful, so you need to closely monitor your wound to note any changes.

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