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Warm-Blooded Animal Bites

By R.a. Dieter Jr., Robert S. Dieter, R.a. Dieter Iii, D.L. Dieter

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Background: Domestic animals are the major cause of warm-blooded  animal bites around the world. The dog, the cat and human bites are the  most common animal bites creating major medical and health care  concerns requiring medical treatment. Transmitted zoonotic diseases  (especially viral) as well as the long-term consequences of the injury  are of important concern. Prevention is key both in avoidance of  contact and in proper immunization and vaccination evaluation.  Treatment requires appropriate examination and procedural care. Soaking  and cleansing may be all that is necessary or extensive radical  debridement and long-term hospitalization to avoid serious deformity  and death. Conclusion: Mammalian or Warm-blooded animal bites occur  with a high frequency around the world. It is estimated that one half  of the world’s population will be bitten at some time during  their life. Thus, avoidance is key.


Katie Carroll

Date 2006
Publication Title East and Central Africa Journal of Surgery
Volume 11
Issue 1
Pages 102-107
ISBN/ISSN 1024-297X
Publisher Association of Surgeons of East Africa and College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal diseases
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Bites and stings
  5. Health
  6. Immunization
  7. Mammals
  8. pathogens
  9. transmission
  10. vaccination
  11. Zoonoses