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Bit by a dog on calf, have a huge bruise, sore throat and stiff neck. Are this symptoms due to dog bite?<br><br>

I was bit by a dog on my calf . There was one puncture wound, but now I have a huge bruise that covers half of my calf. I was bitten 8 days ago. I feel like I am getting the flu . Sore throat and stiff neck . Both my kids just tested positive for the flu...strain A 4 days ago. I am just concerned that my symptoms may be a result from the dog bite.
Asked On : Thu, 14 Feb 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Welcome to HCM,
If you had a dog bite, if status of dog about rabies is unknown, already 8 days have passed and rabies has no cure, we suggest vaccination for any suspicious exposure.
Usually it is bite and exposure to saliva which transmits virus.
I would suggest you to take post exposure vaccination at the earliest - active vaccination with HDCV on day 0.3,7,14 and 28.
If it is simple Flu just take paracetamol and symptomatic treatment and you will improve in few days.
You should consult local Physician, take Vaccine as soon as possible.
Take care
Good luck.
Answered: Fri, 15 Feb 2013
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