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2 infections that you need to look out for after a dog bite

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2023 | Personal Injury |

Dogs are generally friendly and loyal animal companions. However, these fluffy canines can quickly become aggressive and bite if they feel frightened or threatened. If you are attacked and hurt by someone’s dog, North Carolina laws allow you to file a premises liability claim against the dog owner or handler. 

Besides the physical and emotional trauma, a dog bite can also lead to serious infections. This is because dogs, like other animals, host a variety of disease-causing pathogens. This explains why you need to seek treatment as soon as possible following the bite. 

The risk of dog bite infections

Dog bite infections happen when pathogens in the dog’s mouth are transmitted to the victim through the wound. Studies show that 15 percent of dog bites lead to some form of infection. 

Here are some of the infections you need to look out for after a dog bite. 

1. Rabies

This is a viral infection that is transmitted if you are bitten by a rabid dog. The virus attacks the central nervous system leading to a progressive inflammation of the brain. Rabies symptoms may include fever, headaches, muscle spasms, paralysis and excess salivation. Left untreated, rabies can lead to death. 

2. Cellulitis 

This is a bacterial infection that is caused by P.multocida and P.canis bacteria. Generally, cellulitis symptoms begin to manifest within 24 hours following the dog bite. These symptoms may include a red, swollen wound that discharges puss. Left untreated, cellulitis can lead to urinary tract infection as well as infection of the bones, joints and tendons. 

Protecting your rights

A dog bite claim, like other legal matters, can be complicated. Learning more about North Carolina dog bite laws can help you protect your rights and interests while pursuing a premises liability claim.