June 12, 1997
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM ANIMAL BITES
SPRINGFIELD, IL As part of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, the Illinois Department of Public Health wants to remind everyone about the seriousness of all animal bites. Each year, Illinois residents report approximately 8,000 animal bites to the state's local health departments.
"Animal bites pose a real danger to individuals of all ages, but are especially common in children," reminds Dr. John R. Lumpkin, state public health director. "While some of these bites may be minor, others are serious and can result in infections, disfigurement and the need for rabies post-exposure treatment."
Many animal bites occur either when people approach unfamiliar, stray or wild animals or when children are left unattended with pets. To avoid animal bites, the Department recommends the following preventive measures:
If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately. Your physician may need to suture the wound, prescribe antibiotics, and administer a tetanus vaccination or rabies post-exposure treatment. Be sure to report the bite to the local public health department and to the local animal control agency.
of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
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