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Once symptoms appear, treatment is focused on monitoring them and providing palliative care. As such, preventative measures are the only tool available to improve survival rates following an animal bite, before symptoms of the disease appear. If you are bitten, you should immediately:
Thoroughly wash the wound for a few minutes with plenty of running water and soap.
Urgently go to hospital to assess the most suitable preventative treatment following exposure: anti-rabies serum and/or rabies vaccine.
Everyone, including those who have already been vaccinated against rabies, must go to hospital and receive extra doses of the vaccineif they have been attacked by an at-risk animal.
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