More than two million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States,1 and many others are bitten by cats, gerbils, rats, horses, raccoons, and other animals, both wild and domestic, and by other humans. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are more likely than any other age group to receive animal bites, and boys are more likely to be bitten than are girls.2–4 Presentation to an office or the emergency room after an animal bite is a common scenario (estimated as 1% of all visits to emergency rooms5). Most of these visits find parents and physician anxious to determine the risk of rabies and the possibility of bite wound infections, while the children suffer from the trauma of the bite, fear of the impending treatment, and fear of being punished by the parents.6 Clinicians must attend to both the urgent care of the bite victim and to the needs of the family after the bite.
KeywordsVenom Gland Capillary Leak Syndrome Bite Wound Coral Snake Eikenella Corrodens
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