Animal bites and envenomations: Test your skills with these 5 questions
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Randolph Pearson, MD, FAAFP, FACSM, is a Professor in the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Family Medicine and Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education for the College of Human Medicine, both in East Lansing. He is the Senior Associate Director of the Sparrow/MSU Family Medicine Residency, Director of the MSU Sports Medicine Fellowship, and team physician for MSU Football. Dr. Pearson is also a faculty member of the National Family Medicine Board Review course.

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A 40-year-old man presents to your office concerned about possibly having been bitten by a bat. He woke up this morning and found a bat hanging in a corner of his bedroom. In the patient’s haste to leave his bedroom, the bat escaped. The patient is asymptomatic and has no evidence of having been bitten.

Which of the following management options is correct for this patient, based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)?

Begin a prophylactic antibiotic with amoxicillin/clavulanate.

Begin rabies prophylaxis with human rabies vaccine and human rabies immune globulin.

Begin rabies prophylaxis with human rabies immune globulin.

Watchful waiting for signs of developing infection.

This quiz is not accredited for CME.

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