Animal Bites

Animal bites are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and pose a major global public health problem. The health impacts of animal bites are dependent on the type and health of the animal species, the size and health of the bitten person, and accessibility to appropriate health care. The threat of animal bites will also vary by geographical location, occupation, and environmental conditions. Delayed access to appropriate management of animal bites increases the severity of the injuries and their final outcome. Below, you will see technical guidance for injuries related to animal bites based on the latest guidelines. The guidelines may need to be adapted based on your geographic location and local resources.

Information for UN Staff

  • UN Public Health Technical Guidance For The Prevention And Management Of Rabies (English/French)
  • DHMOSH Guidance for the Prevention and Management of Snakebites (English/French)
  • DHMOSH Guidance for the Prevention and Management of Scorpion Stings (English/French)