First Aid after a bite

What to do if you are exposed to rabies

If you are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal, you must

  1. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Apply ethanol or a similar antiseptic to prevent secondary infection.
  3. Seek urgent medical attention. You need to start post-exposure prophylaxis as soon as possible.

If you have already had pre-exposure prophylaxis, you still need further treatment.

Modern vaccines are the only way to prevent the onset of rabies after exposure. Traditional remedies, such as jackfruit gum and chilli powder do not stop the rabies virus. 

Please treat any potential exposure to rabies seriously. Once clinical symptoms appear, death is almost inevitable.

If you are unsure whether you have been exposed, please check our FAQs here.