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What should I do if someone is bitten by a rabid animal?

Peter DeLucia
Health Education
If you have been bitten/scratched by a potentially rabid animal, including pets, you should seek medical attention and call your local health department promptly. Watch public health specialist Peter DeLucia, MPA, explain some key steps to follow. 
If an animal bites someone, try to get the person away from the animal without putting yourself in danger. Do not try to stop, hold, or catch the animal. Do not touch a pet that may have come in contact with the animal’s saliva without using or wearing some form of protection like disposable gloves.

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