Bites - animals
Do NOT go near an animal that may have rabies or is acting strangely or aggressively. Do NOT try to catch it yourself.
If an animal's behavior is strange, it may be rabid. Notify the proper authorities. The police can always direct you to the proper animal control authorities. Tell them what the animal looks like and where it is so they can capture it.
Call 911 if the person has been seriously wounded -- for example, if the person is bleeding significantly and it will not stop with simple first aid measures.
Call your doctor or go to a hospital emergency room if:
Report the bite to the local animal control authorities, even if you don't seek professional medical care. This will allow authorities to test the animal and prevent further incidents.
Freer L. Bites and injuries inflicted by wild and domestic animals. In: Auerbach PS. Wilderness Medicine. 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby; 2007:chap 51.
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