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What do I do if I’m bitten by a suspect animal?

Page last updated 06 January 2022

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal that may be rabid, post-bite treatment must be administered immediately. This is regardless of whether you have been vaccinated for not. 

  • Wash the wound thoroughly with soap or detergent and water for a minimum of 5 minutes 
  • Apply an antiseptic with antiviral action after washing
  • Contact your doctor as soon as possible, an additional vaccine will need to be administered. The number and type of vaccine administered will be different, depending on whether you have received your pre-exposure vaccination

For further information on rabies prevention, speak to your healthcare professional.

Sources & Citations

1. NSW Government Department of Health, Rabies and Australian bat lyssavirus infection fact sheet. Available at: (accessed 07 December 2021).


MAT-AU-2102482  Date of preparation January 2022