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Dog bites and capnocytophaga infections

On Behalf of | Nov 20, 2021 | Firm News |

People throughout the state and across the world keep dogs as companions, protection, hunting partners and for numerous other reasons. Despite all that dogs may bring to people’s lives, they sometimes bite. When they do, the germs in their mouths may pose as serious a risk as their teeth. People may develop infections after dog attacks, including capnocytophaga infections, which may have serious effects.

Knowing about the risk and what to watch out for may help people avoid potentially life-threatening infections after getting bit by dogs.

Capnocytophaga infection symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who develop capnocytophaga infections may experience a wide range of symptoms. Some of the most common of these include the following:

  • Stomach pain, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Blisters around the wound
  • Fever
  • Pain, redness, swelling or pus drainage around the wound site
  • Headache or confusion
  • Muscle or joint pain

The symptoms resulting from this type of infection generally develop within one to 14 days after the bite. Most people show signs of these infections within three to five days.

Complications due to capnocytophaga infections

Capnocytophaga infections sometimes cause serious complications. According to an article published in the Case Reports in Acute Medicine journal, those who develop capnocytophaga infections due to dog bites and other factors may experience serious secondary issues. Some of the most common complications resulting from this type of infection include sepsis, blood infections, heart issues and meningitis.

When dogs attack, people often suffer serious injuries, which may include developing illnesses such as capnocytophaga infections. In addition to receiving medical treatment to avoid further issues resulting from the bites, people may consider options to pursue financial compensation for their injury-associated losses.