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Rabies Treatment: Bitten By a Wild Animal

Summary: Being bitten by a wild animal may seem like a far-fetched occurrence, but it can happen. Find out what you need to do if you are exposed.
Air Date: 3/1/13
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. Leigh Vinocur
Guest Bio: Dr. Rich O'Brien
Richard O’Brien, MD is an associate professor of emergency medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College of Pennsylvania in Scranton. He is also a columnist for Bottom Line Health and editor of Bottom Line’s Daily Health News. Dr. O’Brien is also a spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians and a recipient of the group’s Communications Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rabies Treatment: Bitten By a Wild Animal
Being bitten by a wild animal may seem like a far-fetched occurrence, but it can happen.

And it can be deadly.

Even urban areas can be affected by rabid wild animals, such as raccoons, skunks, and bats. In fact, our special guest Dr. Rich O'Brien states that "bats are rabid unless proven otherwise."

Join us as Dr. O'Brien discusses the dangers of rabid animals and just how deadly rabies can be, as well as ways to recognize symptoms and signs of rabies in a wandering animal.
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