As a resident of Kentucky, you probably know just how much the Blue Grass State loves dogs. In fact, according to statistics from Pawlicy Advisory, more than 46% of Kentuckians own at least one. While these animals are usually fun and friendly, dog bites are alarmingly common in the commonwealth.
A serious dog attack is likely to leave you with catastrophic physical injuries. Consequently, after a dog bites you, it is critical to go to the emergency room for a full medical evaluation. Furthermore, after you leave the hospital you should monitor yourself carefully for signs of Capnocytophaga infection.
What is Capnocytophaga?
Dogs have millions of germs in their mouths. One of these, Capnocytophaga, is a potentially deadly bacterium that can make you sick. Even though about 30% of individuals with serious Capnocytophaga infections die, the condition is often treatable. This is especially true if you receive prompt medical attention.
What are the signs of infection?
The symptoms of a Capnocytophaga infection are the same as many other infections. Therefore, if you have had an infection before, you may know when you have one. Otherwise, you should return to the emergency room if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
- A fever, chill or night sweats
- Confusion, disorientation, dizziness or loss of memory
- Increasing pain
- Loss of motion
- Nausea or vomiting
If you are unable to work because of your dog attack, going back to the emergency room may seem like an unnecessary expense. You simply cannot put a price tag on your health and well-being, though. Remember, the dog’s owner ultimately may have to pay for all your medical bills.