Q: Which is more dangerous, a dog bite or a human bite?
A: Itís very hard to answer this question.† A bite from any animal (humans included) that is strong enough to break the skin and cause bleeding poses a threat that the bacteria residing in the mouth of the biter can enter into the blood stream and cause a severe infection.
With any type of bite, the best policy is to wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and consult your healthcare provider to determine if any further management is needed.
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