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What if you are bitten by an opossum?

Many people enjoy going out into the wilderness to get closer to Mother Nature. They find the peaceful time in the wilderness to be a great escape from the everyday troubles of life and love the opportunity to spend some time out amongst the trees, bushes, and wildlife that surrounds them.

Most of the animals that you may come in contact with pose no real risk to you, but there are times where that is not the case. Even the animal that may seem quite tame or friendly to you, can pose a risk to your health. This is true of animals such as the possum.

Most of us know this animal as the creature whose primary defense is to lay down and play dead if it feels endangered. If you come across a possum the normal response for this animal is to do one of two things. First, it will try to run away. Second, if it feels it cannot get away that it will rollover and pretend to be dead. Either way, it’s normal reaction is to do something to get you to leave.

However, there are instances where a possum may turn on you and attack you directly. This usually occurs because these animals are sick or wounded in some way, and so their normal instincts have been set aside because of the trauma that they are under. This can lead them to bite or scratch you.

If you are bitten by a possum then you need to know that you need medical attention right away. If one of these animals has avoided its normal instincts and has come directly after you to bite you, and you can be sure that there is something seriously wrong with it. This means that it passed its pathogen on to you which can be dangerous to you as well.

Possums not only carry a large number of illnesses and parasites that can be dangerous to human beings, but these animals also carry rabies, which is life-threatening if not treated right away. People die from rabies if not treated, and the mortality rate is 100%.

Even if the animal is not sick, it does not mean that it cannot pass and illness on to you. What this tells you is that you need to get emergency medical help right away.

If you are in the wilderness, then your first reaction should be to not panic. Don’t allow your blood flow and your heart rate to increase so that the illness spreads faster. If you can safely sit down, then do so.

Contact your local emergency medical crew and have them come out to your location to get you. The best thing you can do is to be as still as possible, and a long walk back to your home to find your car and drive to the hospital is not a good option. If that is your only choice that is slowly and carefully walk until you reach your car, and get to the hospital as quickly as possible. Read more: Opossum Control, How to Get Rid of Opossums, Opossum Feces.

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