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Are you at risk of getting rabies after a dog bite?

Rabies is perhaps one of the most feared outcomes of being bitten by a wild animal. A big reason for this fear is that the disease is very dangerous and almost always ends up killing those who contract it if they do not get medical assistance. This leads people to feel panicked after a bite, fearing that they could be infected.

It is possible to get rabies after a dog bite. It's wise to see a doctor and the doctor will then help you decide what to do next. This is especially true, of course, if you have any reason to think that the dog had rabies, perhaps prompting it to bite you.

That being said, rabies is not nearly as much of a problem in the United States as it is in developing countries. In these countries, without the same level of medical care, at least 90 percent of incidents in which humans contract rabies happen because the people are bitten by dogs. This is also what gives it such a bad reputation.

In the U.S., though, these cases are very rare. Some professionals even say that the risk of getting rabies from a dog has been "largely eliminated." This has been done through both control tactics and vaccination.

The biggest risk of getting rabies in the U.S. comes if you're bitten by a wild bat. There is also some level of risk with other wild animals, like foxes, skunks and raccoons. It is possible for these animals to bite dogs and pass the disease on.

So, again, it's important to talk to a medical professional. Make an informed decision. But don't worry endlessly about getting rabies from a dog bite, as this is not nearly as common as it once was.

If you do end up needing medical treatment -- even just for the wound, whether it leads to any sort of disease -- you may be able to get compensation for those costs. Be sure you understand your rights when someone else was at fault, putting you at risk.

Source: Up to Date, "Patient education: Rabies (Beyond the Basics)," Alfred DeMaria, accessed Dec. 18, 2016

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