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Are rat bites harmful?

Q: How far are rat bites harmful if a person is in the seventh month of pregnancy? What medication should be given to avoid any mishap to the mother or the chid?

A:The wound should be thoroughly irrigated and cleaned. Tetanus toxoid should be administered and a course of a broad spectrum antibiotic commenced. I would seek specific medical advice as to whether rabies can be carried by rats in that area. There is no special risk to the unborn child. Its health will depend on the health of the bitten mother.


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