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As with most injuries and illnesses, the best way to deal with animal and human bites is to avoid getting them. Staying clear of animals and not handling or cornering them will go a long way in helping you do this. In many cases, first aid for a minor wound will include cleaning the wound area with antibacterial soap and warm water, applying antibiotic ointment, and bandaging the area if necessary. More serious wounds will call for more first aid measures. In addition, however, it's often necessary to get the person to additional medical care. This is because the wound can often get infected, or the animal may have a potentially fatal disease such as rabies. Remember that even human bites carry with them a risk of infection from germs in the mouth.