What is the risk of infection in mammalian bites?

Updated: Sep 18, 2018
  • Author: Alisha Perkins Garth, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Studies estimate the rate of infection of mammalian (dog, cat, human) bites to be approximately 6-8% when closed primarily. [20, 21, 22] A study of dog bites showed improved cosmetic scores and no increased risk of infection with primary closure of wounds in multiple anatomic locations with provision of prophylactic antibiotics. [20]


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