The history for mammalian bites has 3 important elements: the circumstances surrounding the bite, information about the bite source, and information about the victim.
It is important to determine the circumstances of the bite. When did it occur? Was the victim bitten more than once? Was the bite provoked? Most individuals with animal bites present with infection in the first 24 hours, with an even shorter time frame for cat bites (median of 12 hours).11
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