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Bites, Scratches, Cuts & Abrasions from Animals

  • For small wounds – allow to bleed freely. If necessary, control bleeding by applying direct pressure with a sterile gauze or bandage.
  • Immediately wash with copious quantities of soap and water. If eyes or mucous membranes are exposed, irrigate the area for at least 15 minutes with water.
  • Seek medical treatment.
  • Report incident to PI/supervisor, Animal Care Services Director and Biological Safety Office (352) 392-1591.

If the bite or scratch is from a non-human primate, contact the following physician / specialists regarding Monkey B virus (Herpesvirus Simiae, CHV-1) exposure:

  • Dr. Kenneth Rand, Work phone: 352-265-0111 X 44875; Pager: 888-553-2503; Cell: 352-222-4613.
  • The physicians will evaluate the injury and may decide to culture the wound for B-virus (Herpesvirus Simiae) or collect blood for a baseline titer against B-virus, or use prescription drugs for preventative therapy.
  • The physician directing the care of the patient will contact the Director of Animal Care Services for instructions regarding the need for cultures or serology from the monkey inflicting the injury upon the patient.
  • Symptoms suggestive of B virus infection should be reported immediately to the medical consultant. When the possibility of B virus illness is seriously entertained, appropriate diagnostic studies should be performed and specific antiviral therapy should be instituted.
  • The physician may wish to consult Dr. Scott Schmid at (404) 639-0066; cell: (404) 725-5652 at Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Herpes (MMRH) Branch, Division of Viral Diseases, CDC, and Dr. Julia Hilliard at (404) 413-6550; cell: (404) 358-8168, at National B Virus Resource Center at Georgia State University for laboratory assistance. For additional information see the following link:
  • Following a bite or scratch, the animal handler should be instructed to report immediately any skin lesions or neurologic symptoms (such as itching, pain, or numbness) near the site of the wound or any other unusual illness. It is the responsibility of the supervisor, when no illness is reported, to determine the clinical status of the handler at weekly intervals for 1 month after the exposure.
  • As soon as possible after the incident contact UF Workers’ Compensation (352) 392-4940 to report the incident. Workers’ Compensation will complete the state required First Report of Injury form for the employee. For more details regarding requirements for handling work related injuries please reference the Human Resources Workers’ Compensation page: 
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Source: UF Environmental Health & Safety

Version Date: 06/07/12




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