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Child scratched by dog's teeth. Dog died due to sickness. Is child in danger?

Our 6-year old kid was accidentally scratched with dog s teeth between the his nose and upper lip . The dog is 3-4 mos old and does not get any anti- rabies shot. The scratch was noticed and cleaned in the late evening (it happened in the morning). A little blood was seen. The kid got sick (high fever) 4 days after, vomitting on the 2nd day of sickness but no diagnosis given by doctors. The scratched was healed even before the kid got sick. The dog who was frightened by another kid got sick and unable to walk before the kid got sick. The other day the dog vomitted brown substance and his stool black. The dog loose appetite and did not eat yesterday and died in the evening. The death of the dog feared us badly now on the kid. Does it mean the kid is also in danger? Need your feedback please. Thanks a lot.
Asked On : Sat, 10 Nov 2012
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Pediatrician, Neonatology 's  Response

Your child is in risk of rabies, if he is not vaccinated before.

If your child is not yet vaccinated with anti-rabies vaccine, your child should get a complete course of rabies immunization. The dose schedule is on 0 (first day),3,7, 14 days. Anti rabies immunoglobin should be given with first dose.

If he has received rabies vaccine before, 2 doses of vaccine is required, on day -0 and 3. Immunoglobulin is not required in that case.

He should also receive Tetanus toxoid(TT) injection, if he is not immunized before with TT at 5year age.

However, the fever is due to cause other than rabies, may be some infection. Infection like Streptococcus, staphylococcus, pasteurella, capnocytophaga - are also common with dog bite. They can also cause vomiting, headache and fever.He should be examined by pediatrician for his present illness and be treated according to the cause.
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Pediatrician Dr. Sumitra Kumar Mukherjee's  Response
Dear imbarola The rule of thum is if the dog dies with in 10 days the person
should be given antirabies vaccine. I think you should take your kid to
the doctor as soon as possible. Kindest regards Dr.S.K.Mukherjee

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