3rd December 2019


What diseases can be transmitted through a human bite?

Human bites have been shown to transmit hepatitis B, hepatitis C, herpes simplex virus (HSV), syphilis, tuberculosis, actinomycosis, and tetanus. Evidence suggests transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through human bites is possible but very unlikely.

Also asked, do humans bite when they have rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals. Rabies is spread when an infected animal scratches or bites another animal or human. Saliva from an infected animal can also transmit rabies if the saliva comes into contact with the eyes, mouth, or nose.

What happens if you get bit by a human?

To care for the wound:
  1. Stop the wound from bleeding by applying direct pressure with a clean, dry cloth.
  2. Wash the wound. Use mild soap and warm, running water. Rinse the bite for 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Apply an antibacterial ointment to the wound. This may help reduce the chance of infection.
  4. Put on a dry, sterile bandage.

Do human bites need antibiotics?

Acute human bites that do not penetrate the epidermal layer probably do not need antibiotic prophylaxis as long as they do not involve the hands, feet, or joints or cartilaginous structures. Human bites to the hand are at high risk for infection and should be given antibiotic prophylaxis.
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