It's just a small bite. Why worry?
Usually there's no reason to worry if you've been the victim of a dog bite in Missouri. However, if a wild animal or an unknown dog has bitten you, it pays to be overly cautious.
Why? One word: rabies. If you were infected, this potentially fatal disease must be caught within the first two days of a bite in order to be prevented. For that reason, it's extremely important that you see a doctor immediately after any contact with a potentially rabies-infected animal.
While the infection itself starts to work early, the actual symptoms may take weeks to appear in a human. Even then, the early signs may easily be mistaken for the flu:
- Itching or “prickly” feeling at the bite site
Once the signs of rabies appear, a cure is rarely possible. The fatal disease spreads rapidly, lasting less than two weeks. The acute advanced signs of rabies include:
- Trouble swallowing, which leads to the visible foaming at the mouth
- Agitation or aggressive behavior
- Muscle spasms
- Abnormal behaviors and fears
- Hallucinations or delirium
- Convulsions or seizures
- Eventually, paralysis and then death
If you have been the victim of a Missouri animal attack or dog bite, you should see a doctor immediately. Being cautious could save a life.
For more information regarding animal attacks and your rights, talk to an experienced St. Louis dog bite attorney at 877-241-1020. When you set up your appointment, don't forget to request a free copy of The Guide On How To Pick a Lawyer.