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How dangerous is an animal bite?

The bite of a domestic or wild animal can cause infection and soft-tissue injury. The most serious possible result is rabies. Rabies is transmitted through the saliva of diseased animals such as skunks, bats, raccoons, cats, dogs, cattle, and foxes.

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