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I've been bitten by a mouse!

(21 Posts)
crazydaisies Sun 25-Sep-16 18:39:00

My cat brought home a mouse and I managed to save the poor thing by opening my cat's jaw. In the process the mouse bit me (thanks a lot!) and went in reasonably deeply that I bled a bit. Is there any danger of infection?
I've never heard of anyone having problems having been attacked by a mouse (?) but just thought I'd ask.

PinkSwimGoggles Sun 25-Sep-16 18:42:38

are you up to date on your tetanus immunisation?
if not go see the gp.
otherwise, desinfect it well and keep an eye on it.

Loadingpleasewait Sun 25-Sep-16 18:42:42

I'm sure you will be fine smile

OrianaBanana Sun 25-Sep-16 18:43:27

Wash it well and seek medical advice I think is the general jist - I think it will be fine if it's been cleaned and you keep an eye out for signs of infection.

LuluJakey1 Sun 25-Sep-16 18:53:09

I am always being bitten and pecked by creatures I rescue from our cats. Nothing has happened to me yet.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 25-Sep-16 18:57:07

I'd check with your gp practice nurse tomorrow.
Just checking, you live in the uk don't you?

crazydaisies Sun 25-Sep-16 19:19:46

Thank you for all the helpful advice. Yes I live in the uk (are you asking because of rabies?).
I'm not up to date with tetanus shot but have put an alcohol based disinfectant on the little wound.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 25-Sep-16 19:46:17

I was thinking more of Hantavirus grin

you should check about tetanus.

shewolfmum Sun 25-Sep-16 23:44:41

Tetanus jab useless after the event...make it bleed with cold water...or if it did bleed minimal risk of tetanus.

shewolfmum Sun 25-Sep-16 23:45:01

Cheeky bugger.

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 26-Sep-16 07:07:29

shewolf, that's unusual medical advice. Are you a medical professional?

shewolfmum Tue 27-Sep-16 00:10:40

If you had tetanus then you would need imunoglobin. Not the vaccine.

OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 27-Sep-16 08:08:52

I think if someone were to present to a medical clinician they would be given the right sort of injection!

MabelSideswipe Tue 27-Sep-16 08:21:07

Exactly the same thing happened to me years ago......didn't die. Ungrateful bloody mice!

LunaLoveg00d Tue 27-Sep-16 08:28:28

When I cut my head open on a nail in the garage recently I wasn't given a tetanus - if you were born and have always lived in the UK after the late 1960s and had all of your routine vaccinations growing up, they say it's not necessary.

anotherdayanothersquabble Tue 27-Sep-16 08:33:11

She wolf is correct about tetanus.

No risk and useless after the event.

OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 27-Sep-16 08:52:03

rather unsure as to why I was given a tetanus after a dog bite that bled then?

Seeline Tue 27-Sep-16 08:54:21

My DH was given a tetanus jab after cutting his hand open with a garden saw......

OrianaBanana Tue 27-Sep-16 09:13:17

Luna OP has said they are not up to date with tetanus.

shewolfroar Tue 27-Sep-16 10:45:35

yes you would think you would be given correct advice, sometimes it doesn't happen. Tetanus vaccine doesn't come on it's own either it is the Td/IPV (tetanus, diphtheria and inactivated polio). Tetanus likes anaerobic wounds (although can thrive in any environment - very unlikely) so deep puncture wounds that don't bleed. to encourage bleeding wash under cold water and squeeze a puncture wound. look up wound bath. Op did it bleed? here is the link for usage.

Source: Green Book p. 379 -
"... tetanus vaccine is not considered adequate for treating a tetanus-prone wound. However, this provides an opportunity to ensure that the individual is protected against future exposure (see Table 30.1)."

crazydaisies Tue 27-Sep-16 12:03:36

Wow thank you all for the advice. Yes it did bleed (very small wound so not much blood); I squeezed it to encourage blood too. It seems to be healing and doesn't look infected at all (no redness) but I've made an appointment with GP tomorrow just to be on safe side. I need to have up to date shots anyway.

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