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Introduction to Bites and Stings

By Robert A. Barish, MD, MBA, Thomas Arnold, MD

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More than 60,000 bites and stings are reported to poison centers each year; many more occur but are not reported. Bites and stings result in about 100 deaths/yr in the US. All patients with bites and stings should receive appropriate tetanus prophylaxis (see Table: Tetanus Prophylaxis in Routine Wound Management).

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